For a few days only, there will be an exhibition of photos showing some of the more spectacular examples of abandoned engineering from around the world.

(c) Abandoned Engineering

Once at the cutting edge of engineering, design and construction, now they are echoes from history. Crumbling, on the brink of destruction, they are historical and evocative. The exhibition is a tie in with the documentary television series, Abandoned Engineering on Yesterday.

The television series explores how and why they were built, considers the financial and social costs of their failure and examines the environmental and ecological impacts. The series also explores how experts came up with plans to make something beautiful or useful from the ruins.

(c) Abandoned Engineering

The exhibition is at the Oxo Gallery, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH.

It’s open 11am-6pm from Wed 23rd Oct to Sun 27th Oct only. Entry is free.

(c) Abandoned Engineering


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  1. Maurice Reed says:

    A new series of ” Abandoned Engineering” starts at 9pm on Thursday 31st Oct on the Yesterday channel.

    Fascinating stuff.

  2. JP says:

    Love the series so far; even forgave the channel itself the mention of the Nazis – which it has been known to do on the odd occasion in the past – because of the programme on the weird and wonderful wartime submarine charging and bottom-scraping pens now crumbling into the Baltic somewhere.

  3. Clive Morgan says:

    All of the “Abandoned Engineering” series have been excellent. The exhibition at the Oxo Tower on the South Bank was similarly very good, it’s just a shame that space is at such a premium in London, as no number of pictures from the various series would have been too many! The two members of staff on “reception” at the exhibition on Sunday 27th October were also very engaged in the exhibition and happy to converse about the upcoming continuation of series 4.

    Hopefully the producers will publish a reference book / coffee-table book containing as many photos as possible from the various places visited, as the photography is excellent and some of the shots (especially aerial photos) are no longer obtainable due to some places now being inaccessible. And a DVD compendium would be a good accompaniment to the series, as each episode is very watchable, even as a repeat!

    Even though the title suggests the episodes are more around engineering, the program cuts across all interests, whether you’re an engineer, architect, historian or photographer, and the engineering concepts and methods are well explained by the narrators without the audience feeling lost.

    All I can say is, keep up the good work – very captivating and educational productions.

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