We finally got round to visiting the Bridge exhibition at Museum of London Docklands yesterday. Although smaller than I expected, it’s well worth the trip, with a great selection of images and features.
It starts off a bit pretentious, with a sound installation by artist Scanner. There's a load of old radio speakers hanging from the ceiling, with various recordings from around the world being played. Nice idea, but they are perhaps clutching at straws a bit with what it all means, especially in relation to London bridges.
Once you enter the exhibition proper, what you are shown is a mix of paintings, sketches, engravings and photographs spanning hundreds of years. The focus is largely on the various different versions of London Bridge, Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge throughout history, but the scope of the collection also spans way out to the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at the Dartford Crossing, and to the beautiful bridge at Richmond.
A highlight is the projection of Beating the Bridges, a brilliantly sureal short film showing a drummer playing along on a boat, as it glides down the Thames and under 30 of its famous bridges.
Here’s a small selection of my personal favourite images on show:
The Bridge exhibition is free to enter, and runs until November 2. The Museum of London has also created an infographic titled A Short History of London Bridge. See it here.