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This week’s picture is a poster from the new exhibition Painting by Numbers: Making Sense of Statistics at the London Transport Museum.
Turning data into pictures to make it clearer to understand is a hot topic right now, but it’s not just a recent internet phenomenon – in the 2nd century, Egyptians used tables to organise astronomical information. In the 1920s, London Transport got in on the act with posters explaining public transport.
Head to the museum to see these vintage posters alongside an exhibition exploring the future of travel in London over the next decade.
Painting by Numbers: Making sense of Statistics at the London Transport Museum 6 January – 18 March 2012. Exhibitions included in admission price adult £13.50, children under 16 free. www.ltmuseum.co.uk