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London's Bridges Standing Strong


The River Thames is the life blood of London, but while it is a vital part of our physical and economical survival, it can also be a bit of a pain trying to get to the other side. Or it least it would be if we didn't have so many bridges. These pathways help commuters travel the capital by car, bus, bike, and indeed, just plain good old fashion walking. The most iconic of all is indisputably Tower Bridge, which this year celebrates its hundredth and twentieth anniversary.

To mark the event, The Museum of London Docklands has opened its largest art exhibition yet. No brownie points for guessing the name. Bridge showcases contemporary and historical artworks alongside photography, film, maquettes, in order to consider the significance bridges have on the capital's landscape.

As well as a display of our current bridges, such as Blackfriars, Westminster, and the Millennium Bride, you will also learn about the latest 'Garden Bridge' proposal.

The exhibition runs until 2nd November, and key works include London (Ewan Gibbs, 2007), Waterloo Bridge from Blackfriars (Christopher Nevinson, 1927), Tower Bridge (Christina Broom, 1910), Old Westminster Bridge (James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1859), and Film Still (Suki Chan, 2011).

There will be a number of related activities for both adults and children:

Building Bridges
11th July, 7pm, 25

Learn about the history of London through the story of its Bridges. After the workshop, you can visit the bar and view the exhibition after hours.

Chickenshed Presents: Bridges
19th July, 2pm & 3.30pm

Chickenshed Theatre give an interactive performance full of fascinating stories about the people who helped bridge London. The first show is for under 5s.

Summer Holidays

Draw Bridge
26th July, 1st & 2nd August
11.30am & 2pm

Build a Bridge
28th June, 4th July, 7th & 8th August
11.30am & 2pm

Fuzzy Felt Fun
29th July, 5th August
11.30am & 2pm

Bridges of Time
30th July, 6th August
11.30am & 2pm

Whistler on the Bridge
31st July, 9th August
11.30am & 2.30pm

Messy Paintings
4th August
11am, 12pm & 2pm

Make Some Music!
11th August
11am, 12pm & 2pm
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: 27th June - 2nd Nov
Phone: 020 7001 9844
Where: Museum of London Docklands
Cost: Free
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