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Exhibition in a box at Peckham Levels

POSTED: 17 October 2018

Inspired by our pop-up display, students started their own archive and brought Victorian photographs to life with colour and symbols.

Autograph's pop-up archive display is at Peckham Levels, and students from Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich have been creatively engaging with these remarkable images.

The Exhibition in a Box features 30 image panels, reproduced from rare 19th century photographs portraying people of African, Caribbean and South Asian descent during the Victorian era in Britain. It's one of our popular Archive Resources

English students reimagined the stories behind the people in the images, and thought of questions they would like to ask. Using this as inspiration, students then interviewed people living in Peckham to start a Peckham archive.

Photography students at the Academy also researched the images, and brought the images to life through colour and symbols in a workshop with artist Ben Nugent. 

Thanks to Clare Stanhop, Head of Art at the Academy, for making it all happen!


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Auograph's Exhibition in a Box is part of The Missing Chapter: Black Chronicles programme, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. Developed in association with and the generous support of the Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images.  

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Images, from top left: 1) Student work from Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich. 2) Sargano Alicamousa [detail]. Aboyne, Scotland 1890s. Photograph by R. Charles Reid Company. Courtesy of Autograph. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. 3) From a learning workshop at Autograph.