The ancient, iconic Tower Bridge is the perfect venue for a classy and well-chosen display of photographic images that do an excellent job of summing up the rowdy ‘swinging’ 1960’s in London, when hemlines went up and a lot of inhibitions went out the window.
The West Walkway will be decorated with a series of large scale panels that epitomize the social, political, artistic and philosophical upheavals that made history, from Twiggy to Harold Wilson. From 28 March through the last day of 2014 visitors to the Walkway high above the Thames will be treated to an unforgettable retrospective of half a century past.
At the heart of London’s ‘Swinging Sixties’ scene, Tower Bridge provides the ideal location to host this exhibition, which reflects the huge changes that took place in Britain during this period both politically and socially, with the rise of youth culture, the cult of the celebrity…and hemlines!
Key Features of the Exhibition:
• 26 large-scale (117cm x 82cm) panels on display in Tower Bridge’s West Walkway featuring iconic images of the people, places, events and designs that shaped the 1960s, including Twiggy, Mary Quant, Michael Caine, Peter Sellers, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Mods & Rockers, the Aldermaston marchers, Harold Wilson, John Surtees, Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill and many more.
One of the highlights is a rare photograph of comedy duo Peter Cook & Dudley Moore taken by producer and director Bryan Forbes as a publicity shot for his film ‘The Wrong Box’ (1966). To honour his work, Tower Bridge will make a donation to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
• Each panel will include an image and an extended caption. There will also be an introductory panel at the start of the exhibition outlining the key themes of the show.
• Internationally accessible: All additional information on the panels is available in French, German, Spanish and Italian.
David Wight, Visitor Development and Services Director, City of London Corporation, comments:
“This enjoyable and entertaining new photographic exhibition offers a wonderful insight into this exciting decade. Whether you lived through the period yourself or weren’t yet born, this exhibition will definitely spark a lifelong fascination with the people and times of the ‘Swinging Sixties’.