A team from the University of East London has started a new audio trail featuring recordings with survivors of the 1943 Bethnal Green Tube Shelter Disaster.

The tragedy, in which 173 people died, is thought to be the worst civilian disaster in modern British history.

Two audio trails have been created – designed to be listened to at the Bethnal Green Disaster Memorial near the underground station.

The trails contain interviews with more than 30 survivors, as well as medical personnel on duty the night of the disaster and relatives of those who died.

There is also a companion oral history book with highlights from the interviews. An education kit about the disaster has been produced for use in schools.

Project director and UEL lecturer Dr Toby Butler said: “A very dedicated team of staff and volunteers have worked incredibly hard to find and record survivors, and in turn help us to understand something of the terrible impact of this disaster on hundreds of families in East London.”

A plaque publicising the trails was formally unveiled at the entrance to the station on Thursday. Speakers included the architect of the Bethnal Green disaster memorial Harry Paticas; sound artist Lewis Gibson, designer of the audio trail and history teacher Euan Williams, and UEL vice chancellor Prof John Joughin.

The MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, Rushanara Ali, also attended the ceremony.