Immerse yourself in Thamesmead’s vibrant past. These stories are curated by our archive team, covering a range of specific topics from the utopian masterplans that start the Thamesmead story to the key cultural moments like the filming of the Beautiful Thing.
The Town of Tomorrow
Since first conceived Thamesmead has been designed as a town of the future based on optimistic modernist principles. This collection of material tells the story of the architectural and social vision of the town.
The Making of Thamesmead
This collection of archival material tells the story of the first phase of the construction of Thamesmead; from the first pile that was driven into the marshland in 1967, to the Balency concrete construction system and the challenges faced in the 70s by the introduction of the Housing Yardstick.