Browse our photo archive of the Barbican's construction
Photographer Peter Bloomfield was commissioned by the Barbican to document the final stages of building's construction. His beautiful images - which have never been shared with the public - capture the astonishing scale of the construction effort.
When architect Piers Gough came to study at the Architectural Association in the sixties, the Barbican represented the three-dimensional future of the city. Here, he looks at how its baroque confidence has influenced his buildings.
We look back through 35 ‘Firsts’ from our boundary-pushing heritage over the last three and a half decades including a short essay by Cerys Matthews.
Lear more about the construction and history of the Barbican Centre and Estate as we dig into our archive to reveal rarely seen photography, architectural plans, video and essays.
Watch: Barbican, 1969 - from London Metropolitan Archives
This film from the London Met Archives, documents the development scheme for a residential area in the City following the destruction of the area after World War II and the start of building works in the Barbican.
Watch: Look at Life, Top People (1960)
In this archive film, see an overview of high-rise construction activity in 1960s London. From the crane operators who built the sky-scrapers to the tenants in the penthouses, this newsreel provides a birds-eye view of London, including the Barbican.