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Thamesmead: The Town of Tomorrow at the Design Museum

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Time 18:30
Date 11/09/19
Price £12

Noted for its daring, brutalist design, & appearance in Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, Thamesmead is one of London’s most iconic post-war estates. This talk explores its history & lasting significance.

Rising from London’s Erith marshes in the 1960s, Thamesmead was London County Council’s bold attempt to build a new town, addressing the city’s housing shortage after the Second World War. Noted for its daring, experimental design – concrete modern terraces, blocks of flats and elevated walkways built around a system of lakes and canals – the town received attention from architects, sociologists and politicians throughout the world but also gained notoriety as the backdrop to Stanley Kubrick’s film, ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and Aphex Twin’s ‘Come to Daddy’ video.

In this talk, a panel will discuss the story of this influential but often misunderstood town, through a closer look at its architecture, community and people.


Ben Weaver is a graphic designer and art director. He established a design studio in London in 2001. He has been the art director of The Wire magazine since 2008, and Free skateboarding magazine since 2015. In 2011, he co-founded Here Press, a publishing house committed to exploring the possibilities of documentary photography in book form.

Peter Chadwick is a London-based art director, graphic designer, author and tutor at Chelsea College of Art. His book ‘This Brutal World’ was published by Phaidon in 2016 and ‘The Town of Tomorrow, 50 Years of Thamesmead’, was published by Here Press in 2019.

Tara Darby is a film-maker and photographer who has a passion for telling human stories. Tara has worked for many international titles including Another, Dazed & Confused and Japanese Vogue. Tara has recently completed her first feature length film entitled Run It Out which tells the story of ultra-marathoner Robin Arzon.

COMPETITION: Win 1x pair of tickets to attend Thamesmead: The Town of Tomorrow at the Design Museum at 18:30 on Wednesday 11 September. To enter the competition, send an email to vienna@run-riot.com with the correct answer in the ‘subject’ line. The winner will be randomly selected.

Q: In A Clockwork Orange, Alex's apartment block was shot at the Thamesmead Housing Estate. The writer's "HOME" was actually three separate locations: the road leading to the estate was outside Munden House in Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire; the exteriors of the house were shot at The Japanese Garden in Shipton-under-Wychwood in Oxforshire; and the interior was The Skybreak House in Radlett, Hertfordshire (the art on the interior walls was all painted by Kubrick's wife, Christiane). The record shop was shot at a stylish London bar that was frequented by the Rolling Stones. But the question is, what was the name of the bar?
A: .1) Chelsea Drugstore .2) Chelsea Pharmaceutical .3) Chelsea Medicine Cabinet .4) Chelsea Doctors