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Blackout - Guildhall School at Tower Bridge

Immersive video projection and sound installation

Blackout Guildhall School at Tower Bridge

Video design artists from Guildhall School create an immersive video projection & sound installation in Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chamber, inspired by the Blitz photography of Arthur Cross & Fred Tibbs.

During the Blitz, when the Square Mile was decimated by high explosive and incendiary bombs, two City of London Police Officers rushed out into the aftermath to photograph the damage.

Inspired by the photography of Arthur Cross and Fred Tibbs, a new immersive video projection and sound installation will transform Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chamber – a unique, subterranean space normally out of bounds for everyday visitors. This show will explore the hidden world of the Cross and Tibbs Collection offering a dramatised narrative that explores the characters, the landscape and the impact of the Blitz across the City, at Tower Bridge and beyond.

Guildhall School, the City of London Police Museum, London Metropolitan Archives and Tower Bridge have worked together to create the story and give a thoughtful and poignant insight into the life of a police officer, during one of London’s most dramatic historic periods.

Find out more about the BA Video Design for Live Performance at the Guildhall School.

Performance Times

Performances will take place at the following times:

- Friday 23 March: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm & 9pm.
- Saturday 24 March: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm & 9pm.
- Sunday 25 March: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm.

Please note that the Sunday 25 March 7pm screening has been cancelled. This is due to the City of London Corporation's statutory obligation to raise Tower Bridge for river traffic when given with more than 24 hours' notice.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your performance start time at the Bascule Chamber Meeting Point on Tower Bridge (map). All ticket holders must bring photo ID.
Event Terms & Conditions

This event features steep stairs, spiral staircases and areas that are considered confined spaces. If you have access requirements please discuss this with us before booking your tickets. The event space is not fully accessible.

The event includes outdoor spaces, areas which are naturally dirty as part of Bridge operations and damp/ cold spaces which are beneath the river, all exposed to the elements. All ticket holders should wear appropriate footwear (no high-heels) and practical warm clothing. If bad weather is forecast, wet weather clothing is recommended for the waiting area only.

Due to the City of London Corporation's statutory obligation to raise Tower Bridge for river traffic with 24 hours' notice, it is possible that booked bridge lifts alter the defined performance times slightly.

The performance will contain flashing images.

Please note there are no toilet facilities at the performance space.

There is a minimum age restriction of 14 years +, and any under 18s need to be accompanied by an adult.

All ticket holders must bring photo ID. If the pre-registered name does not match the name on the photo ID, the ticket holder will not be permitted entry.

Please ensure you read the full Terms & Conditions before booking (PDF).


For security reasons, bookings can only be made by phone directly with the Barbican Box Office.

Please call the Box Office on 020 7638 8891 to book your tickets.

Booking for each day’s events will close at 8pm the evening before.

About the artists

BA Video Design for Live Performance at Guildhall

Video designers studying on the Guildhall School's BA Video Design for Live Performance programme are behind the creation of this immersive video projection and sound installation. This degree programme provides specialist training in the rapidly-expanding field of projection and video-based arts forms, with students working on a range of projects with professional designers, programmers and animators. Projection mapping techniques are used by commercial brands in advertising, product launches, VIP events, music festivals, live events, and theatre productions. Guildhall School’s close working relationship with professional organisations, such as the Barbican Centre, allows us to collaborate in providing high-quality services for companies holding events and conferences.


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