On the 11th May 1941 a bomb landed in front of what was then called The Tate. There was only one Tate Gallery at the time. Tate Modern, opened in May 2000, didn’t even exist as a power station until 1947.
We found the shrapnel scars from the bombing above the main entrance when we removed the old sign. It was obvious to us they belonged there and deserved to be seen.
If you’d like to read more about the bombings use this link to the Tate Archive.
If you’d like to read more about our work on Tate Britain you can find it here.