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Barbican Estate by Chamberlin, Powell and BonBomb-devastated Barbican site before construction

Credit: Barbican An early view of the the bomb-damaged site that was to become the centre's location.

Credit: Barbican Henry Wrong, director of the centre from 1970 to 1990, surveys the site in the early 1970s.

30 years of the Barbican centre – in pictures

Barbican Estate by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon Henry Wrong surveying the Barbican Centre. Photograph courtesy of the Barbican Centre

Barbican centre: The bomb-damaged site of the centre

30 years of the Barbican centre – in pictures

Built as the began, the Barbican has become a cultural and literal landmark, delighting fans of brutalist architecture

Juno Beach, D-Day. Site of 3rd Canadian Infantry Division landing on 6 June 1944.

- Allies - Canadian Infantry: Juno Beach, Canadian Infantry Division landing site on 6 June

The Roof Garden at Selfridges store in Oxford Street, London c.1915

Why concrete changed our gardens forever

London, Strand, old photo of the Law Courts - opened in the 1870's http://www.oldukphotos.com/graphics/England%20Photos/London,%20Strand,%20old%20photo%20of%20the%20Law%20Courts%20-%20opened%20in%20the%201870%27s.jpg

London, Strand, old photo of the Law Courts - opened in the 1870's http://www.oldukphotos.com/graphics/England%20Photos/London,%20Strand,%20old%20photo%20of%20the%20Law%20Courts%20-%20opened%20in%20the%201870%27s.jpg

A blackboard bearing a list of items required by squatters calling themselves the London Street Commune, who are occupying an old hotel at 144 Piccadilly. 1969

The Rise And Fall of 'Hippiedilly' in 1969 (updated

A blackboard bearing a list of items required by squatters calling themselves the London Street Commune, who are occupying an old hotel at 144 Piccadilly.

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The church of St Giles and the Barbican estate in 1972. Copyright Historic England

The church of St Giles and the Barbican estate in Copyright Historic England

The events of 1917 changed the course of history in Russia and indeed the rest of the world. But as these remarkable pictures show, pockets of Russia’s two largest cities have endured almost unchanged through a century of revolution and the fall, rise, and fall of empire

The 1917 Russian Revolution: then and now – in pictures

The events of 1917 changed the course of history in Russia and indeed the rest of the world. But as these remarkable pictures show, pockets of Russia’s two largest cities have endured almost unchanged through a century of revolution and the fall, rise, and fall of empire

The original Crystal Palace, which burned to the ground in 1936, was designed by Joseph Paxton for the 1851 Great Exhibition. Picture: PA

Lost British buildings

The junction of Steep Street and Trenchard Street, Bristol, in Lost England – photographs from 1870 to 1930

The view east down Ludgate Hill in London, towards St Paul's Cathedral, 19th April 1941. Original Publication : Picture Post - 973 - London Carter - pub. 1941 (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The view east down Ludgate Hill in London, towards St Paul's Cathedral, April Original Publication : Picture Post - 973 - London Carter - pub. 1941 (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

High Street Clovelly England 1890

High Street, Clovelly, England, 1890 by The Library of Congress

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