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22.06.2024 – 01.09.2024

Outdoor Exhibition: Launching A Landmark

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Launching a Landmark – Tower Bridge to celebrate 130 years with free exhibition of never-before-seen photography

Visit London’s defining landmark, Tower Bridge, for a free, outdoor exhibition this summer "Launching A Landmark: The Unseen Opening Weeks". The new exhibition, will showcase a collection of never-before-seen photography from the Bridge’s final few weeks of construction and public opening 130 years ago in 1894, featuring the workers of the Bridge and members of the public.

The striking photography which will feature throughout the exhibition was unseen and undocumented until recently discovered by the Molineux family, descendants of Tower Bridge resident engineer, Edward Cruttwell. An insightful contrast to the grand depictions of the Bridge’s Royal opening, the exhibition images focus on the workers in the final weeks of its creation, and the ordinary Londoners and members of the public who came to use the new Bridge for the first time.

As well as the exhibition on and around Tower Bridge, the photographs will be brought to life through augmented reality and additional stories in digital content online.

Note: Tower Bridge is owned by the City of London Corporation, and sits just outside the City of London boundary.

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