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The Barbican Archive Residency

A 1982 colour map of the Barbican Centre and the estate, from a bird's eye point of view

A whole weekend of free talks, workshops, films and pop-up installations. 

The Barbican Archive Residency is a weekend of free talks, workshops, films and pop-up installations showcasing material from the Barbican’s Archive as well as the collections from several guest London archives, exploring material relating to protest, experimental music, community video and much more. 

The Barbican Archive Residency is part of Laying the Foundations, a Barbican Archive project supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.


The Barbican Archive Jukebox

Level G: 7–16 Oct
Level G Studio: 19–20 Oct
Barbican Library: 21 Oct–29 Nov

Discover the heritage of the Barbican through oral histories and animations in our interactive Archive Jukebox. Hear stories from Barbican and Golden Lane Estate residents and former employees who worked at the arts centre when it opened in 1982. Learn about the design of the Barbican from the daughter of architect Geoffry Powell and find out how the Barbican Archive was established. Find out what members of our Young Curators group think about archives and archiving today. 

Created by Stand + Stare. 
With thanks to Billy Mann, Abondance Matanda, Polly Powell, Libby Rice, Christopher Sharp and Kate Wood. 
Research support from Barbican Archive curatorial volunteers Stephanie Francis-Shanahan, William Jones, George Lyddiatt, Billy Mann and Anahi Saravia Herrera. 


Illustration of the Barbican

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. 

a black and white picture of the barbican towers in central london

Watch: Architecture

Discover more about the history of our Grade II listed building plus debates and discussion about architecture – with slight favouritism towards Brutalism…

Level G