Tower Bridge behind the scenes

29/07/2014 by .

Over 120 years old and one of the most famous bridges in the world,London’s Tower Bridge will allowing access to its Victorian engine room in two new family friendly exhibitions. If you want to know more about Tower Bridge behind the scenes you can ‘ask a techie’ on certain dates throughout the winter from November 2014 through to March 2015.

Included in the Tower Bridge Exhibition admission price, the programme offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to ask the Bridge’s expert and much-loved engineers all manner of questions on the Bridge’s original Victorian machinery. The Bridges’ two high-level Walkways – 42 metres above the Thames offer stunning views of London and the River Thames. The two new exhibitions are:

The Sixties – this year’s new temporary photographic exhibition focusing on the people, places, events and designs that epitomised this revolutionary decade. Over 60 iconic images hang along Tower Bridge’s West Walkway, from pop stars to Prime Minsters, fashion designers to Formula One racing drivers and cutting edge architecture to political activists. As well as Great Bridges of the World – the East Walkway’s permanent photographic exhibition features over 20 of the world’s most revered bridges, each of which represents a breathtaking feat of engineering.

When visiting Tower Bridge Exhibition, be sure also not to miss:

Art at the Bridge #5  – the latest exhibition in partnership with Southwark Arts Form (SAF), housed in the Victorian Engine Rooms. Visitors are invited to follow the blue line to admire the 10 works of art by disabled artists residing in the local community, which explore the theme of ‘connections’, chosen to reflect Tower Bridge’s role in connecting culture and communities. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite artwork!

‘The Great British Fish and Chips Bridge’ – a 3D model – now taking centre stage within Tower Bridge Exhibition, the masterpiece is the winning entry to this year’s national ‘Design A Bridge’ children’s competition, by eight-year old Toby Ayres from Harlow in Essex. To celebrate Tower Bridge’s 120th birthday year, the creative design has reinterpreted the Bridge as a ‘homage’ to the all-time classic British meal including popping tiny peas on the top of forks, Union Jack flags and dollops of tomato. An architect in the making!

*To book tickets, and for the up-to-date ‘Ask the Techie’ winter schedule please visit www.towerbridge.org.uk.

The Engineering Tours will commence on Saturday 15 November, taking place every weekend thereafter throughout December, January and March.

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