Tower Bridge hails its unsung historic heroes

Tower Bridge has unveiled a permanent ‘Two Towers’ display, exploring the human history of the bridge.

Following the redevelopment of the Engine Rooms in spring 2017, the refreshed Two Towers are phase two of a longer-term plan to develop Tower Bridge’s interpretation, with a renewed focus on the social history of the Bridge.

Housed in the North and South Towers above the River Thames, the new displays celebrate the “human story and social heritage” of the bridge.

New displays and original objects from the history of the bridge will showcase the planning, design and construction of Tower Bridge in the North Tower, while displays in the south tower will explore its operation and maintenance.

Visitors will learn about head diver Samuel Friend Penny, who led the team of divers including James ‘Ginger’ Bateman (pictured), who dug out the foundations for the bridge.

Tower Bridge has also launched a new visual identity on its marketing materials and online.

Dirk Bennett, exhibition development manager, said: “We are delighted to unveil the newest phase of our three-year redevelopment, celebrating over 120 years of history at London’s best-loved landmark.

“Our historic research will continue to inform future exhibition content and enable our visitors to explore Tower Bridge in a new light.”

Josephine Noti, marketing and education manager, added: “ We’re excited to unveil a brand new visual identity for Tower Bridge, joining up recent developments in the visitor experience and redefining its role for our diverse audiences.

“Designed to bring together the ground-breaking Victorian engineering, iconic architecture and over 120 years of human history, this fresh new direction celebrates the fascinating story behind London’s defining landmark.”