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Barbican Centre

Discover the fascinating history behind the building of the Centre and the surrounding estate as we share some of the stories uncovered as we start to build a Barbican archive.


Architecture Tour
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Walking along the Barbican highwalks, you’ll learn more about the construction, design and influence of the estate, along with surprising and rarely seen sights and discoveries plus little known insights into this unique architectural endeavour.

From concrete styles to architectural motifs and insightful facts, our Architecture tour will leave you thinking and looking at the Barbican from a fresh perspective.

Barbican Archive Talks: John Boughton & Elain Harwood in conversation
7.00pm, Frobisher Auditorium 2
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In this, the first talk of our Barbican Archive Talks series, we invite you to join historians John Boughton and Elain Harwood in conversation along with an introduction from the Barbican Archive curators, a screening of short film, Barbican and a provocation inspired by Broughton's book, Municipal Dreams.

Interior of the Barbican Centre
© Peter Bloomfield / Barbican Centre


The Hull of a Large Ship
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In December 1968 a report was submitted to City of London including detailed drawings and a written proposal for the Barbican Arts Centre.

In this free exhibition, five contemporary European architects: 6a, Office KGDVS, Carmody Groarke, Casper Mueller Kneer and Witherford Watson Mann, were given the task of proposing a critical intervention on the different spaces, reflecting on the drawing as an unfinished structure that could be adapted to meet the needs of an international Art Centre.

Online Exhibition

On London History Day, we'll unveil the start of the Barbican Guildhall Archive with a selection of materials from the opening of the Barbican in March 1982.

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Barbican Centre under construction
© Peter Bloomfield / Barbican Centre


Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS

The Barbican

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