The heritage of Battersea Power Station is its DNA, with the building’s past continuing to be celebrated into its future. The restoration and repurposing of the building is a major achievement and several interventions and experiences have been introduced, both inside and outside the Grade II* listed building, to ensure that every visitor to Battersea Power Station has an opportunity to learn about the building’s unique history and remarkable story of transformation.
Place Plaques: Situated both inside and outside the Power Station are a series of place plaques and totems that provide rich insights into the building’s past and present. The plaques share unique anecdotes about the Power Station and how it once functioned, as well as explain how the building has been restored.
Power of Place Exhibition: Power of Place – The Making of Battersea Power Station is a free mobile exhibition, currently located in the North Atrium, Ground Floor, inside the building. The exhibition explores the history of the Power Station over the past 40 years, following the transformational journey from closure to reawakening, made possible by Battersea Power Station’s consortium of Malaysian shareholders’ vision and determination. The exhibition team includes Cultural Innovations (content interpretation and design), The Hub (construction), ACME Studios (graphic design), Displayways (graphic production) and MurryTwohig (concept).
Plant in the Park: Across Power Station Park there are several core pieces of original plant that once helped the Power Station operate, their sculptural style highlighted in bold colour. Alongside the plant, is a segment from one of the original chimneys that was taken down as part of the building’s careful restoration process. The reuse of heritage objects, once a vital part of the building’s past, seek to engage people with the rich history and legacy of the Power Station.
Heritage and Learning Hub: For visitors arriving from Battersea Park, a stop in the Heritage and Learning Hub, located in Grosvenor Railway Arch, offers the opportunity to see a historic model of the Power Station and the chance to understand more about the building’s role in powering London in the 20th century.
Team Battersea Alumni: To learn more about what it was like to work inside the Power Station, a short film has been commissioned that captures the personal stories and experiences of six former employees at Battersea Power Station. The film features never before seen footage of life at the iconic London landmark when it was operational. We are still keen to hear from former workers so if you or someone you know have a memory of the Power Station please email firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet or share a photo on Facebook or Instagram with #TeamBattersea.
Lift 109: And for one of the most unique views in all of London, a stop at Lift 109, will provide an experience like no other. Visitors’ journeys start in the Power Station’s Art Deco Turbine Hall A, where a carefully curation exhibition will explore the building’s rich heritage, its architectural significance and enduring presence in popular culture. The experience culminates in a journey up one of the iconic chimneys to 109 metres in the sky. For more details and to book click here.