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Hackney's Caribbean Tea Party

POSTED: 24 October 2018

Autograph was proud to take part in Hackney Council's event celebrating the Windrush generation

We were honoured to share our Exhibition in a Box display with over 300 local Caribbean elders at Hackney Town Hall on 3 October.

Hackney's Caribbean Tea Party celebrated the achievements of the Windrush generation, and thanked them for their contributions to the borough.

Guests were welcomed by a steel pan rendition of ‘London is the Place for Me’, and the Party included exhibits, Caribbean food, magazine launch and a live BBC Radio London Broadcast. The afternoon was compered by Hackney-born actor and presenter Eddie Nestor MBE.

Autograph contributed our pop-up archive display of 30 remarkable image panels, reproduced from rare 19th century photographs portraying people of African, Caribbean and South Asian descent during the Victorian era in Britain.

Ali Eisa, Autograph's Public Programme Manager (Education) was on hand to chat about the images. He also worked with artist Aida Silvestri to document the day at her polaroid photo booth, where over 50 portraits were taken of guests.

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Exhibition in a box

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Hackney Gazette article

Read about the Tea Party in the Hackney Gazette.

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part of the project

Autograph'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.

Images, from top left: 1,2,4) From Hackney's Caribbean Tea Party, 3 October at Hackney Town Hall. 3) Sargano Alicamousa [detai]. Aboyne, Scotland 1890s. Photograph by R. Charles Reid Company. Courtesy of Autograph. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.