Barbican Archive Jukebox

Barbican Arts Centre, London 7 October - 29 November 2019

As part of a wider Heritage Fund project at the Barbican, looking at the history and the design of the iconic Barbican Arts Centre and Estate, we were asked to create a contemporary and interactive way to bring the Barbican archive material to life.

The Barbican Archive Jukebox includes projected animations showing architects drawings, construction photos and catalogues of past programmes of events. While gathering research, we recorded local residents stories about what it’s like to live within the community of the Barbican and neighbouring Golden Lane Estate. We also collected oral histories from one of the architects daughter, the arts centre’s first house manager and spoke to the Barbican Young Curators group about the future of archiving. 

The Barbican Archive Jukebox is a semi-permanent pop-up display that will tour around the Barbican residents towers before taking up residency in Level G of the Barbican Arts Centre from 7-20 October. After this, it will be enlivening the Barbican Library until 29 November 2019.


Aron Duckworth - fabrication
Pete Bennett - tech support