Richard Chivers: OFF-Grid Private View

15 June 2023

18:00 -21:00

Since the Victorian era, circular gas holders became commonplace industrial icons on our urban skylines. The design of vast telescoping tanks to store coal (town) gas was at the vanguard of civil engineering. They represented a modernising Britain, and for three decades after World War II were visible icons of our nationalised utilities, metal symbols for a vital infrastructure held in common for the public good.

In 1965, North Sea natural gas was discovered. The UK supply network was converted from coal gas, and gas holders were only required for additional storage. As network capacity grew, gas holder utilisation dwindled.

By the 1990s they were redundant; widespread dismantling of the metal giants began in 2000.

Architectural photographer Richard Chivers has spent eight years capturing these iconic structures before they disappear.

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Image: Photograph: Richard Chivers


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London SE8 4AL

Deptford railway station: 2 mins; New Cross railway/Overground station: 8 mins; Deptford Bridge DLR: 10 mins. Resolution Way runs alongside the railway tracks, the venue is opposite the Commando Temple Gym, on the opposite side from the railway viaduct.

Nearest station: Deptford National Rail Station (Southeastern and Thameslink services)


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