Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Perfect Venue for Tall Stories; When You Think of an Exhibition Venue, the Five-Storey Towers of the Tyne Bridge Won't Necessarily Spring to Mind. Appropriately, However, One of Them Will Be Home to an Event Celebrating Height Next Week. Tony Henderson Reports

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Perfect Venue for Tall Stories; When You Think of an Exhibition Venue, the Five-Storey Towers of the Tyne Bridge Won't Necessarily Spring to Mind. Appropriately, However, One of Them Will Be Home to an Event Celebrating Height Next Week. Tony Henderson Reports

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HOPES are high for a weeklong series of events which will be staged inside one of the lofty towers of the Tyne Bridge.

Scaling the Heights: Mountains and Vertical Megastructures, will take place inside the bridge's north tower from Friday until November 25.

Members of the Architecture Research Collaborative (ARC), in Newcastle University's School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, are taking over the five-storey tower as part of Being Human, the UK's only festival of the humanities.

Scaling the Heights will feature an exhibition focusing on mountains and tall buildings, with an art installation Everest Death Zone, suspended in the vertical space of the tower.

There will be talks, film screenings, and walking tours and the programme will culminate with a talk by urban explorer Lucinda Grange at 6.30pm on November 25, on her stunning photographs taken from the tops of high buildings.

The programme will look at how economic and social conditions are driving cities and their inhabitants ever higher into skyscrapers and high-rises and the long history of the attraction of mountains.

It launches at 6pm on Friday with an introduction to the exhibition by Architects Stasus, followed at 6.30pm with a talk by Dr Martin Beattie, senior lecturer in architecture at Newcastle University. In Travels of the Edge of Empire, he will talk about his research at Tyne Wear archives into 10 years of letters from John Stapylton Grey Pemberton's 19th Century expedition to Darjeeling and the "snowy ranges" and his round-the-world travels. The letters are to his father, who lived in Ramside Hall near Durham.

Walking tours of the Tyne Gorge will take place on November 19 and 20 with architectural historian Rutter Carroll, while architect Neil Barker will talk about the history and construction of the Tyne Bridge at 1.30pm on Saturday, November 19.

Newcastle University Professor Stephen Graham, author of the new book Vertical, will be discussing science fiction and the vertical city with Amy Butt, associate director of BPR Architects, on Wednesday November 23.

Another highlight will be a screening of film The Epic of Everest, the official record of the 1924 attempt to scale Everest and which resulted in the deaths of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine. This will take place on November 24 at 5.30pm.

The space inside the tower accommodates 60 visitors, who will be given torches on arrival.

"the tower will be lit inside but it will be gloomy," said Dr Beattie.

Organiser Dr Katie Lloyd Thomas, senior lecturer in architecture at Newcastle University said: "Scaling Turn to Page 28 Lucinda on the edge of an eagle's head on the Chrysler Building in New York From Page 27 the Heights looks at all things high and mighty and there is no better place to host our events than the Tyne Bridge's North tower. …

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