Remembering the Millennium Dome
The Millennium Dome was the original name of the dome-shaped building on the Greenwich Peninsula in London, England. Contractors built it as an entertainment venue and exhibition space to celebrate the turn of the millennium in 2000. This post is about remembering the Millennium Dome and the different exhibition zones. I took the pictures below during opening week.
The Dome opened on January 1, 2000, and was open to the public for a year before it was closed and repurposed.
The venue showcased the best of British design, technology, and culture. It featured a variety of exhibits and interactive displays, as well as live performances and special events.
It is a striking architectural structure, with a diameter of 365 metres (representing the days of the year) and a height of 52 meters (representing the weeks of the year). Steel cables and over 100,000 square meters of fabric make up the building.
The Millennium Dome Exhibits
Inside, the Millennium Dome featured a variety of exhibits, including the Body Zone, which explored the human body and its functions; the Mind Zone, which examined the workings of the brain; and the Faith Zone, which delved into the world’s major religions.
There was also a Timekeepers exhibit, which showcased the world’s most accurate timepieces. In addition, the space in the centre was a performance area. A large cast of acrobats performed a daily show to music composed by the musician Peter Gabriel.
However, the Millennium Dome was controversial from the beginning. Critics argued it was a waste of money and lacked a clear purpose.
The building closed in December 2000 and opened in 2007 as a concert venue and entertainment complex named The O2 Arena.
Today, The O2 Arena is one of London’s most popular entertainment venues, hosting concerts, sports events, and other performances. It also features restaurants, bars, and a cinema, making it a popular destination for visitors and locals.
Remembering the Millennium Dome: The Pictures
I took the photos below of the Millennium Dome experience during opening week (I was a student at UCL at the time). I have fond memories of remembering the Millennium Dome!
Millennium Dome, London.
I scanned the 35mm negatives using the Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 scanner and VueScan software.
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