‘Bomberg in The Borough’ – An Audio Tour of The Borough, by John Constable.
Borough Road Gallery has invited John Constable to create an alternative audio tour to the Borough. This specially commissioned tour explores the local area, its histories and futures in relation to ‘A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection.’
John Constable is a writer and performer, the author of The Southwark Mysteries. He is also well-known for his innovative guided walks around Southwark and in the City of London. A selection of his most popular walks are published in Secret Bankside – Walks In the Outlaw Borough.
Listen to the tour
The tour is free to download. Choose either to listen to the whole tour at once, or to one downloadable section at a time. (Right click on the links, and then go to ‘Save Target As’.)
The route described in the tour is detailed on the map on this page. To walk the tour from start to finish takes approximately 1.5 hours.
Sections of the tour (length: 2 minutes to 6 minutes each)
- 1. John Constable’s Guide to the Borough (6MB)
- 2. Bomberg at Borough Road (4MB)
- 3. Spare at The Elephant (4MB)
- 4. The Cuming Museum (2MB)
- 5. A Secret History (6MB)
- 6. The Imperial War Museum (5MB)
- 7. Morley College (3MB)
- 8. Hercules Gardens (4MB)
- 9. Bomberg, the Borough and me (4MB)
- 10. Tate Modern (5MB)
Listed below is information about the venues mentioned on the audio tours.
Borough Road Gallery
During exhibitions Borough Road Gallery is open Wednesday to Friday, 1pm to 5pm, and Saturday from 12noon to 5pm.
Phone number: 020 7525 2332
The Cuming Museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 5pm. It is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays. Admission is free.
Imperial War Museum
Phone number: 020 7416 5320
The Imperial War Museum is open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Admission is free, except for special exhibitions
Morley College is not open to the public, but you can visit the gallery during exhibitions and College opening times. Admission is free.
Phone number: 020 7887 8888
Tate Modern is open daily, from 10am to 6pm. On Fridays and Saturdays the gallery is open until 10m. Admission is free, except for special exhibitions.
‘Bomberg In The Borough’ by John Constable
Although now regarded as a major British artist, David Bomberg was rejected by the British art establishment during his own lifetime. From 1946 to 1951 he taught at the Borough Polytechnic, where his passion and originality attracted a group of artists to study with him and to form ‘The Borough Group’.
This audio-tour by John Constable sets Bomberg and his students in the context of the history of the place in which they worked. It shows how this outsider found a home and a mission in what was then a poor and disreputable working-class district.
Beginning at the Borough Road Gallery , the new home of ‘A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection’ of paintings and drawings by Bomberg and members of the Borough Group, the tour takes in other local beacons of culture – the Cuming Museum, Imperial War Museum, Morley College and Tate Modern – along with the former sites of the South London Music Hall and other vanished landmarks.
Click on a blue pin to find out the name of the landmark. The tour starts at the Borough Road Gallery and moves arond the map in an anti-clockwise direction.
View The Borough Road Gallery Walking Tour in a larger map.
Or download and print a hard copy here: BRG Tour Map