OH Families 2018

Programme of Events

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Pop-up Cityscape

09 - 10 June 2018

Draw the Gherkin, and other amazing buildings in the City of London. Cut and paste, and create your very own pop-up cityscape. Add a brand-new building designed by… you!

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VEGE-CITY!

09 - 10 June 2018

Doodle and design your very own building inspired by your favourite vegetables! Will you make a broccoli treehouse, a mushroom village or a smelly garlic skyscraper?

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Canary Woof!

09 - 10 June 2018

Be inspired by Canary Wharf’s incredible buildings and their histories to create a palace fit for your pooch! Bring your own cuddly canine!

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Let’s Build London!

10 June 2018

Follow a real town planning brief from Chapman Taylor, 18 Degrees and VMZINC to design and construct your own urban fabric of buildings and spaces around the historic River Thames!

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Playground of Making

10 June 2018

Make and explore a collaborative and colourful installation with Here East architects, Hawkins\Brown. Weave your way through to create your own models to take home at London’s Home of Making.

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Doodle-spheres

09 - 10 June 2018

Change the skyline of Westferry Circus by adding your own chalk graffiti drawings!

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Rub-a-dub-dub

09 - 10 June 2018

Join us to explore the surfaces of the city and collect rubbings to create your own magnificent textured city skyline.

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Tall Tales

09 - 10 June 2018

Absorb the amazing histories of Canary Wharf’s colossal buildings in an interactive story session.

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Towering Achievement

09 June 2018

Britain has a proud engineering heritage and 2018 is the Year of Engineering so what better time to join us and explore the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Discover how he shaped the world we live in today and how you can shape the future.

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On Your Marks, Get Set, LEGOTM!

09 - 10 June 2018

Join this quick-paced race to build the biggest and best LEGO structure.

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Slicing the Gherkin

09 - 10 June 2018

Reveal the layers of this iconic building from the inside out through creating a layered drawing celebrating its incredible structure.

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Canary Kites

09 June 2018

Join Atelier One and build your own kite. Learn how to engineer it for the best aerodynamic results and then take to the city skies and test your wings!

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Warbling Wharf

09 - 10 June 2018

Explore Canary Wharf through sound and bring the buildings to life through musical storytelling.

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The Theatre of Architecture

09 June 2018

Create costumes with PRP architects inspired by London's favourite buildings and bring them to life in a fun and dynamic architecture theatre.

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Paper Magic

10 June 2018

Transform urban landscapes using paper constructions with Studio Sanshea.

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AHMM Sketch Club

09 June 2018

Come and add your ideas and drawings to our map of Canary Wharf with help from the Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects and Sketch Club.

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Straw, Sticks or Bricks

10 June 2018

Families can explore the story of the three little pigs and build their own houses to see if they can huff and puff and blow them down!

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Al Dente Engineering with Scale Rule

09 June 2018

Learn about the structural characteristics of one of our favourite foods. Enjoy compressing, bending and testing tension in different types of pasta to create your ultimate pasta structure.

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On Your Marks, Get Set, LEGOTM!

09 - 10 June 2018

Join this quick-paced race to build the biggest and best LEGO structure.

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Straw Towers

10 June 2018

Build the tallest straw tower you can and see if it can pass the marble challenge set by structural engineers from Elliot Wood Partnership

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Through the Looking Glass

09 June 2018

Explore and draw the city through viewfinders and create your own city sculpture.

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Build with Fabrics!

10 June 2018

Explore the forces of compression and tension to make your own tensile fabric structures with Waterman Structures Ltd.

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Shine On

09 - 10 June 2018

Draw on shiny metal surfaces to reflect the architecture around you. Press and shape your drawings to create a memory of Canary Wharf's steel, glass and mirrored buildings.

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Build it Where?

10 June 2018

New housing, a new school, a new hospital – where would you put it? Whenever you build something, there is an impact on the city we all live in. Enjoy designing buildings with Temple Group to create the best city possible!

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Structural Cities

10 June 2018

Test the power of pencil and paper to design, engineer and construct houses, factories, schools, hospitals, landmarks, bridges, roads and rail to make the strongest, sturdiest and best city ever!

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Architecture Carnival

09 - 10 June 2018

Join architects from Jestico + Whiles to celebrate London’s skyline – carnival style! Sketch and decorate your favourite parts of the City and make them into masks to take home and keep.

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Ping Pong Challenge

09 June 2018

Build catapults, balloon cars and paddling pools with Lipton Plant Architects to carry your Ping Pong safely across our engineering obstacle course!

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On Your Marks, Get Set, LEGOTM!

09 - 10 June 2018

Join this quick-paced race to build the biggest and best LEGO structure.

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Straw-ctural Engineering Challenge

09 June 2018

Become a certified AKT II Straw-ctural Engineer by building bridges using drinking straws, paper clips and string. Build the longest bridge possible and see how high up the leaderboard you can get!

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Where We Live: 3D Map Making

09 June 2018

Our local areas have places and landmarks that we pass every day; they’re so important to our identities and the sense of place that we share with our friends, families and neighbours. Sir John Soane and his family had their own most important places in Holborn, including shops, their local...

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Flat-Pack Pavillions

10 June 2018

Join structural engineers from Elliot Wood Partnership to explore digital fabrication innovation and parametric design to build your very own flat-pack pavilion.

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Geffrye Open House Families

09 June 2018

Discover more about the Geffrye Museum through design workshops with Endpoint, youth-led tours of the almshouse buildings and multi-sensory, hands-on activities.

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We Built This City

09 June 2018

Join us for a mix of drop-in and timed workshops and activities throughout the day in the RIBA’s splendid art deco building.

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Big Barbican Adventure

09 - 10 June 2018

Pick up a free trail kit and set off to explore the Barbican in this do-it-yourself adventure trail for families. Discover the secrets of the Barbican through cryptic clue solving, drawing and games in an adventure inside and outside the iconic building dedicated to brutalist architecture.

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Discover your City

09 June 2018

Start your Open House Families adventure at New London Architecture where you can view our unique interactive scale model of central London, the only place in town you can come to see the future of your city! Spot famous landmarks, see if you can find your own house and see...

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Summer Fete

10 June 2018

Enjoy family friendly tours of the Grade 1 listed Chapel including the behind scenes of our famous music venue. You can also enter our architectural treasure hunt – have a go at finding some of the little details that make this building so special with prizes for those who find...

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Drop-in Design: Extraordinary Structures

10 June 2018

Become inspired by the V&A’s wonderful shapes to design and build your own extraordinary 3D structure!

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Architecture Explorers

09 June 2018

Take a journey from the red bricks of the British Library to the striking pink palaces of Jaipur and use your imagination to design your very own building! Families will have a chance to experiment with different materials and collage to make 2D pictures or a 3D model of their designs.

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My House, My City!

10 June 2018

Big, tall, wide or small? Find the box that best fits the look and feel of your house and show us what makes your home unique. Add tiles, windows, doors and details to our striking monochrome city!

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Architecture Adventures

10 June 2018

Join Tower Bridge and Monument at St Paul’s Cathedral for costumed performances, dome drawing, engineering telescopes and stitching in time!

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Theatre Tour and Design Workshop

09 June 2018

Take a tour of our auditorium and find out more about our 200 year old building before putting your design skills to the test by creating your own theatre and set design. 

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Behind the Scenes Tour for Families

09 June 2018

Step into secret behind the scenes spaces within the museum. Join archivist Gary Haines for an exciting tour of the store and archive to find out about the fascinating history of the building.

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Architecture and Us: family festival day

09 June 2018

Take part in a day of collaborative construction and consider the gallery in new ways, with a range of fun family activities for all ages. Build shared spaces with open play artist Matt Shaw; join Siobhan Davies Dance on a dancing journey to explore the building through your body; create...

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Big Architecture Family Day

10 June 2018

Come and take part in different architectural challenges throughout the day. Join one of our drawing tours or create a plaster cast of our new campus from your own miniature architectural model. Use your skills in our Lego challenge and join leading architects in completing their ambitious projects.

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At Home with Sir Richard and Lady Wallace

09 June 2018

What was life like in a big house in London in Victorian times? On this interactive family tour, learn not just about the owners of this house - Sir Richard and Lady Wallace - but also about their thirty-four servants.

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London: Above and Below Ground

09 June 2018

Budding architects and archaeologists can unite to explore the buildings of London past and present.  Inspired by the paintings in Guildhall Art Gallery’s collection you will recreate the City skyline with a twist, one which also highlights the Roman buildings which have been found underground such as London’s Roman Amphitheatre.

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Family Tours of the Square Mile

10 June 2018

Family tours of the square mile starting around our interactive model of The City of London. 

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Face the Fatberg!

09 - 10 June 2018

Discover some hideous facts about London’s sewers and what lurks inside them with interactive activities inspired by the Fatberg! display.

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Line Up! Line Up!

09 - 10 June 2018

Every bus route and underground line is as unique as London’s iconic bus and train stations. Which one is your favourite? Is it the super speedy Victoria line that races under London’s incredible architecture, or what about the water fuelled RV1 bus that floats past grand buildings? Share your transport...