Above and beneath

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Date(s) - 27/06/2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Southwark Cathedral - outside the refectory

Letters and postcards from London Bridge join us on a discovery of an area steeped in history which is undergoing rapid change, and help us record how it feels as a visitor or resident. Gathering and sharing knowledge as we walk, we invite you to write a letter or a post card from London Bridge. A selection of these letters and postcards will be published in a limited edition chapbook.

Above and beneath – stepping where others have trod

Every step we take, we hit the ground underfoot, but we have altered what is underfoot in so many ways. We explore the human impact on the environment and how we have shaped urban topographies, and in turn how they have shaped us, modified our behaviours and the patterns of our movement.

Inspecting colourful bird poo stains

London Bridge provided the only crossing of the Thames for centuries, and the roads that connected to it were always busy with traffic. As a riverside area it was paved in the 1600s, and on this walkshop you will be exploring the significance of the paving’s history all the way back to the 1600s to evidence of the history from yesterday. We will explore the stones themselves, the river gravels on which they were laid, the cracks in them, the litter on top, the chewing gum tarred into them and finally the pebbles and the dirt.

Join Lucy Faherty, streetscape designer and Paving Act researcher, and Andrew Stuck, founder of the Museum of Walking for this fascinating exploration of the London Bridge area.

The London Festival of Architecture celebrates London as the global hub for architecture. The festival returns to the capital from 1-30 June 2019 with a lively and diverse programme of public events across London exploring the theme of ‘boundaries’.

Click here to see more events that are taking place in London Bridge as part of the LFA.

Team London Bridge is a supporter of London Festival of Architecture 2019.

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