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Southbank Centre consists of the Royal Festival Hall (newly reopened after its two-year transformation), the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall (containing the Purcell Room), and the Saison Poetry Library. We also manage the Arts Council Collection and organises the National Touring Exhibition programme in venues throughout the UK.
Situated on the south bank of the River Thames next to the popular BA London Eye, Southbank Centre is at the heart of an arts quarter stretching from the Royal National Theatre and National Film Theatre to Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe.
Royal Festival Hall: 10am – 11pm every day except Christmas Day. Free entry.
The Poetry library will remain open on all dates with access from the Artist’s Entrance.
Queen Elizabeth Hall: Open times vary but usually open 90 minutes before events start and open all day in the summer.
Hayward Gallery: Open daily Mondays 12 - 6pm, Tuesdays – Wednesdays 10am – 6pm, late nights Thursdays and Fridays until 8pm
Free access to building, events may be charged
An Unknown Soldier: An Exhibition by Henningham Family Press
- 4 November 2014 — 4 January 2015
This exhibition about the legacy of the first world war is a series of printed poems responding to remembrance, DNA technology and propaganda. An Unknown Soldier, by the Henningham Family Press also includes new works for the centenary year of the outbreak of the war, commissioned to highlight the 43 million pocket Gospels of St John that were given to servicemen. The new illustrations import the legacy of the first world war into this significant document that lived in the trenches.
Join the band of intrepid Poetry Explorers every Wednesday at 16.00. Parents and children are welcome at this free reading club for families in the newly refurbished Poetry Library.
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