New FREE online festival to celebrate medical heritage, health and wellbeing in the heart of London Bridge. Join us for this celebration of health and wellbeing in the heart of London Bridge February 17-24, 2021. New for 2021, Medical Culture Festival: Life Saviours Then and Now, is an online festival from the London Bridge Medi-Culture District partners. The online programme of free events includes talks, panel discussions, workshops and walking tours about the history of medicine and the future of health. The full programme is available at teamlondonbridge.co.uk/lifesaviours-events London Bridge has a long history connected with health and well-being, which was institutionalised after the first hospital was established in the area around the 12th century in what is now Southwark Cathedral. Followed by Old St Thomas’s Hospital in the 13th century and Thomas Guy Hospital in the 18th century, this area has seen the Black Death, the Cholera outbreak, the Spanish Flu and more recently the Covid-19 Pandemic. Fascinating, fun and deeply significant to today, the festival tells the story of the people and places that have played their part in the history and development of health and medicine. The programme will appeal to a wide audience, including sessions for families and young people. Places can be reserved at teamlondonbridge.co.uk/lifesaviours. Some events will have limited places available. Find out more here. Places are limited, so book your place today! Partners: Florence Nightingale Museum, Gordons Pathology Museum, Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital, Kings College London, The Old Operating Theatre, London Borough of Southwark, Team London Bridge.
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Whilst you are unable to visit in person, IWM have created an interactive timeline where you’re able to explore the HMS Belfast Story. Discover it’s history, hear the unique stories of those who served on board, and read about the adventures that the Royal Navy cruiser embarked on as a world-touring warship, from the Arctic Circle to East Asia. Explore the timeline here. Image: HMS Belfast leaving Scapa Flow for the Normandy beaches, June 1944. © IWM (A 25665) ©IWM (A 25665)
Believe it or not, between 1930 and 1970 the Tower of London used to be just at popular for its beach as it was for it Tower. Families would flock to the ‘seaside’ even dipping their toes in the ‘sea.’ Children would build sandcastles and eat ice cream whilst there was entertainment and deck chairs to rent. Many of the families who went to the beach were from the East End and couldn’t afford to go to the seaside in holiday, and would regularly visit. The beach was officially opened in 23 July, 1934 when King George V declared the area would remain free for the city’s children to use. The beach closed during the war, but resumed in 1946. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that there were concerns over pollution in the river with the beach officially closing in 1971. Image: Henry Grant
You are invited to join Andrew Logan for the launch of his new artwork. A key figure in London’s cultural life, Andrew’s London Bridge journey has taken him from the pre-renovated warehouses of Butler’s Wharf, to his more recent residence in the Glasshouse on Melior Place. One of Britain’s principal sculptural artists, he challenges convention, mixes media and plays with our artistic values. Andrew will unveil his latest work at London Bridge Station on the 3rd June at 11am. The event will take place on the Lower Concourse (next to Accessorize, opposite Platforms 3 and 4) Sunshine! by Andrew Logan was commissioned by Team London Bridge in partnership with London Bridge Station and the Unicorn Theatre.
Gnomus – Caretaker of the Earth By Puppets with GUTS Come and meet Gnomus who will be checking every leaf and every flower in the London Bridge area to inspire a new generation of conservationists. Gnomus, the caretaker of plants and stories, unearths untold facts about climate change and the environment. This bumbling, gentle giant is kind and friendly engaging families in themes of extinction and conservation. Recommended for ages 6 and over. Commissioned and presented by Team London Bridge, National Parks City Week and Potters Fields Park Management Trust, with funding from Arts Council England. Dates and times Melior Street Community Garden, 60 – 68 St Thomas Street, SE1 3QU – Friday 26 July – 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm Potters Fields Park, Tooley Street, SE1 2AA – Saturday 27 July – 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm St. John’s Churchyard, Tower Bridge Road / Tooley Street, SE1 2AJ – Saturday 27 July 1pm & 3pm FREE atlondonbridge.com puppetswithguts.com
Musicity invites musicians and recording artists to compose audio tracks in response to buildings and spaces in locations around the world. Founded in 2010 by BBC Radio 3 Late Junction presenter and radio producer Nick Luscombe, Musicity encourages audiences to venture out, to explore cities and to experience the urban environment in new and unexpected ways. As part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture Musicity has worked with musicians and sound artists each responding to 15 locations along The Low Line, focusing on the railway arches that have been part of Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey’s heritage for over 150 years. Each track will be geo-tagged to a different location including Flat Iron Square, Borough Market, Ewer Street, Bermondsey Street Tunnel, Southwark Cathedral, The Biscuit Factory, Vinegar Yard and others, and will be accessible for streaming via the Musicity smartphone webapp. Artists include Szjerdene, Erland Cooper, Suitman Jungle, William Doyle, Nabihah Iqbal, Chihiro Ono, The Memory Band, Gestalt, Frog Morris, Lossy, Cunning Folk, Tom Szirties, James Alec Hardy, Lola de la Mata and Thomas Stone. Click here for Musicity X Low Line. Visit mscty.space/ to explore new ways to experience the world through sound and space. Musicity x Low Line has been commissioned by Better Bankside, Team London Bridge and The Blue Bermondsey
New artwork Me. Here. Now by leading South London-based artist Mark Titchner revealed in London Bridge Station. The giant domes that comprise the work ‘Me. Here. Now.’ can be spotted on Stainer Street, the newly reopened passage from Guy’s Hospital through to the River Thames. Titchner has previously been nominated for a Turner Prize, and participated in the Venice Biennale in 2007. ‘Only the first step is difficult/ The distance means nothing / One foot in front of the other Mark Titchner’s artwork consists of three mirrored domes suspended from the ceiling of Stainer Street walkway. The polished stainless steel reflects both the brickwork of the walkway and the movement and colour of everyday life below, giving the visitor an unexpected view of a familiar setting. Read more about the work and the history of Stainer Street.