Community and groups

Community and groups

Community and groups at Tower of London

 

We work with the communities on our doorstep, throughout Tower Hamlets and East London, to create a shared sense of belonging and ownership of our palaces and help us stay better connected to our audiences and locality.

Please contact us if you wish to be involved in future activities and projects: learning.info@hrp.org.uk

Tower Hamlets residents are eligible to visit the Tower of London for only £1, as well as reduced entry to many of our public events.

Past projects

Find out more about the range of projects and special events our team has hosted at the Tower of London in recent years. 

 

Why remember?, 2014

From July to November 2014, we worked with local community groups on a project around remembrance and the First World War, inspired by the major installation of poppies in the Tower moat, ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’. This was part of a large and wide-ranging Learning and Engagement project, in which our team also worked with schools, families, young people and online audiences. It aimed to stimulate and facilitate debate about remembrance and to record people’s thoughts on the subject in this poignant centenary year.

Watch people’s responses and find out more.

 

Citizenship ceremonies, 2008-14

Since 2008, we have worked in partnership with registrar offices in Tower Hamlets, Richmond, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster, to host citizenship ceremonies in our palaces. It has been a privilege sharing in these life changing moments as we have witnessed hundreds of people becoming new British citizens in our iconic spaces.

 

Crown Jewels Memories, 2012

Each year, millions of people visit the Tower of London and are amazed by the stunning Crown Jewels. To coincide with the re-presentation of the Crown Jewels for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, we decided to take the opportunity to explore the stories behind some of the jewels - such as the famous Koh-i-Nur diamond – engaging over 250 people through storytelling sessions and gathering their memories of seeing these beautiful and hugely important objects.

 

Jubilee Street Party, 2012

Over 400 guests of all ages from the Tower of London’s local community came together for a special street party to mark the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II. The party was held on Tower's Wharf with great views of the Thames Jubilee River Pageant.

Despite the grey weather, participants experienced a carnival atmosphere as they were entertained by Sir John Cass Steel Pan Orchestra, Whitechapel Voices Choir and the Saturday Music Centre Recorder Ensemble and enjoyed a range of traditional street party food, craft activities and, of course, great views of the River Pageant!

 

Medieval Palace and Wall Walks virtual tour, 2011

We are always looking for ways to make the Tower of London more accessible for people experiencing mobility difficulties. In 2011, we commissioned Crazie Productions, a student film group, to create virtual tours of the Medieval Palace and Wall Walks - inaccessible spaces to those who can’t manage stairs.

Many thanks to the Tower Community for their help with the films, particularly the Yeoman Warders, who allowed us access to the Tower before it opening hours, and the Tower Access Panel who contributed their voices and perspectives for the films.

Watch the virtual tours

 

Memories of Tower Beach, 2009

It's true - there was once a bustling public beach in the centre of London! Tower Beach was built for local children by the Tower Hill Improvement Trust, on the foreshore of the Tower of London in 1934.

We marked the 75th anniversary of Tower Beach’s official opening by creating ‘Memories of Tower Beach’, a fascinating online archive of images and interviews that tell the story of this popular inner-city summertime hotspot!

 

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