26th July 2019 • News
Tower Bridge hosts series of one-off talks to celebrate history spanning 125 years
To celebrate 125 years of Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge is opening its doors after hours for an exclusive series of one-off talks inside the capital’s most famous river crossing.
Be delighted, surprised and enthralled by a carefully curated selection of speakers, who will guide you through key moments from the Bridge’s history, utilising anecdotes, historic imagery and even a chance to sample Victorian delicacies.
Events take place in the new Learning Centre, a brand-new accessible floor created inside the South Tower to accommodate Tower Bridge’s expanding learning and community engagement programme.
Tickets for these events are no longer available.
The Illuminated River Project
Thursday 5 September 2019
The Illuminated River Project is a London wide public art commission that will transform the capital at night, lighting up 15 bridges across the River Thames. Once complete, the project will be the longest public art project in the world, seen over 130 million times a year during its record 10-year lifespan. Join Illuminated River’s director Sarah Gaventa and project architect Chris Waite inside Tower Bridge to explore the ambitious decade-long public art project and how the Bridge will shine in its role.
Sir Horace Jones and the Architecture of Tower Bridge
Thursday 12 September 2019
Dr. Jennifer Freeman, architectural historian and writer, and a specialist in ‘at risk’ conservation buildings will guide guests through the extraordinary life of Tower Bridge architect Sir Horace Jones. A specialist on the man behind a number of London’s most iconic buildings, including Smithfield Market and Billingsgate Market, Dr Freeman will not only explore Jones’ legacy and his innovations as a designer and planner, but the architectural marvel Tower Bridge remains as to this day.
Tower Bridge Eats: Cooking and dining with the denizens of Tower Bridge in 1894
Thursday 17 October 2019
Don your kitchen whites and test your taste buds to explore the past century through an exclusive tasting talk with food historian Dr Annie Gray. Dr. Gray will take foodies on a whistle-stop gastronomic tour of 125 years of human history at Tower Bridge.
An Illustrated Construction of Tower Bridge
Thursday 7 November 2019
From the fanciful to the farcical, explore some of the alternative river crossing designs presented to the City of London’s special committee in 1876. Tom Furber, Engagement and Learning Officer at London Metropolitan Archives offers a fascinating insight into some of the weird and wacky designs submitted for the design competition a river crossing east of London Bridge in the late 19th century, as well as the ground-breaking construction of Tower Bridge.
Tower Bridge & the Thames on Film
Thursday 5 December 2019
This illustrated talk by British Film Institute curator Simon McCallum will give a flavour of the BFI National Archive’s unparalleled collection of film and TV about London, with a focus on life along the Thames. Drawing on a rich array of newsreel footage, documentaries and home movies, this archive tour will include glimpses of the majestic Bridge itself across the past century. These films are part of the Britain on Film initiative, with thousands of newly digitised titles from the BFI and partner archives around the UK now free to explore on BFI Player. Simon’s talk will be complemented by a screening of the classic 1959 film The Boy on The Bridge, made possible by the estate of director Kevin McClory.