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Materials and Making in the Square Mile

part of Make! A Season of Contemporary Craft

Chris Rogers Walking Tour

Discover the meaning of making in the Square Mile’s architecture with historian, writer and lecturer Chris Rogers, author of How to Read London.

This walk takes you through centuries of making in the Square Mile. The Brutalist architecture of the Barbican, itself a masterclass in the potential of a single medium, introduces a neighbourhood whose varied, mostly small-scale buildings reflect a history of craft, industry and materials.

Encounter work by architects and artists including Horace Jones and William de Morgan, MAKE and Fletcher Priest, and see Richard Rogers and Terry Farrell in a new light.

The walk will start and end at the Level G Barbican Shop entrance and will last approximately 90 minutes.

Part of Barbican OpenFest.

  • Tour duration: 1.5 hours
  • Maximum capacity: 25


photo of tapestry weaver christy balfour weaving in her studio

How to: weaving with Christabel Balfour

In the first of our series of 'How to' workshops focussing on traditional crafts, tapestry weaver Christabel Balfour invites us in her South London studio for a weaving demonstration.

In partnership with

Barbican Shop