Date(s) - 26/06/2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
St Olaf House - outside
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London Bridge is about to shake off years of construction: More London, the Shard, and the redevelopment of London Bridge station. For a period, we can expect the dust to settle, though one glance at the New Southwark Plan suggests a wave of new development will ensue as this dynamic area continues to evolve.
During June the Museum of Walking will lead an eclectic series of walks focusing on some of the key characteristics that make up London Bridge’s past, present and future: its riverside, railway and greenery, and its unique heritage medical and leisure heritage. Part of the London Festival of Architecture.
The walks will invite workers, residents and visitors to build up a collective memory of the area, which we will post to our placemarks web platform so that new initiatives and developments can harness the essence of what people love about the area.
So join us in walking together, to observe the surroundings, to share stories, recall memories and think creatively about the future of the area. You will be accompanied by social historians, with specialist knowledge of the area, who will offer an explanation of the ‘why’ and the ’how’.
6.00pm-7.30pm Tuesday 26 June in the company of Kevin Flude, former director of the Old Operating Theatre Museum (in St Thomas’ St) who will slice the area with the accuracy of a surgeon’s knife, revealing how the area retains its position at the heart of modern medicine and public health.
Both the provision and education associated with Guy’s Hospital and Kings College has a huge legacy in the area, and has attracted private hospitals as well. Not only is the Guy’s tower a significant landmark (purportedly the highest hospital building in the world both at the time of its construction in the 1970s and in the present day), but as one of the largest employers, holds the key to many personal and collective memories.
Walking in step with