Balfron Tower: archiving fragments

Designed by Ernö Goldfinger, Balfron Tower is one of the great Brutalist landmarks of East London. Over its 50 years of existence it has housed a diverse range of people, including from 2012 to 2016 the artist James, who during that time assembled a fragmentary archive of objects, traces and residues of people who lived there and the lives that played out in its spaces. Displaying a selection of this material with a written commentary by James, this exhibition explores the capacity of architecture to act as both a spur and container of stories – personal, social and political. The exhibition also offers a moment of reflection as Balfron Tower is refurbished and its flats, created as social housing, are transformed for private sale. A selection of fragments from Balfron will be shown together with documents kept by Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives and consulted during James’s research. Balfron Tower was one of the housing estates featured in a book James co-authored with Tamara Stoll, published in 2017. This sits with a selection of reading material, which will also include a new essay by writer and curator, Owen Hopkins. The exhibition is aimed at a diverse local community as well as visitors from beyond the borough.

Opening hours
9:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
9:00 - 17:00
9:00 - 20:00
9:00 - 17:00
First and Third Saturday of the month only
9:00 - 17:00


June 6, 2018 - June 28, 2018


Admission: FREE

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Image: Balfron Tower fragment 87 photograph by James


Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives

277 Bancroft Road London E1 9DQ E1 9DQ

020 7364 1290