Talk & Reception

Tue 2 Oct 2018 6 - 9pm

Free, booking essential

About the Event

An evening of talks and archive photographs at Woolwich Centre Library, exploring the long history of migration to Britain from the Caribbean beyond the Empire Windrush.

The event will start with an informal drinks reception for our pop-up archive display Exhibition in a Box: Black Chronicles - featuring 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.

We’ll further delve into this history in a series of short talks, followed by an opportunity to view a selection of original photographs from Autograph’s Archive. 


Rivington Place



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Part of the display

Exhibition in a box: Black Chronicles

Woolwich Centre Library

2 - 31 October 2018


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Pamela Franklin
Founder, Caribbean Social Forum

Ali Eisa
Public Programme Manager (Education), Autograph

S.I. Martin
Author, specialising in the fields of Black British history and literature


6 - 6:45pm Drinks, food and an opportunity to view our Black Chronicles pop-up archive display

6:45 - 7pm Welcome by Pamela Franklin

7 - 7:20pm Introduction to The Missing Chapter project and archive display by Ali Eisa

7:20-7:40pm Talk by author S.I. Martin

7:40 - 8pm Talk, speaker TBD

8 - 8:30pm Audience Q&A with the speakers

8:30 - 9pm Opportunity to view a selection of original photographs from Autograph's Archive

find out more

Visit the website for The Missing Chapter project



About the Autograph Archive

About THE pop-up archive DISPLAY

Exhibition in a Box: Black Chronicles is part of Autograph's project The Missing Chapter, which aims to bring together a distinct body of photographs that showcases diverse ‘black presences’ in Victorian and Edwardian Britain, offering a unique portrait of black lives and migrant experiences during the decades following the birth of photography in 1839.

The images on display portray a diverse range of people living and working in Britain at the time, from politicians to performers to service men and women. Their collective presence bears direct witness to the nation’s colonial and imperial history, and the expansion of the British Empire during the 19th and 20th Century.

These portraits reveal an important, complex black presence in Britain before the SS Empire Windrush steamship arrived in 1948, which is often cited as a key moment in the emergence of a multicultural British society. 

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Photographed in commercial studios in the latter half of the 19th century, many lay buried deep within the archives for decades, unseen for more than 125 years.

Collections represented include Autograph, Hulton Archive (a division of Getty Images), National Portrait Gallery, Royal Collection Trust as well as the private collections of Val Wilmer, Michael Graham-Stewart, Amoret Tanner/FotoLibra and Paul Frecker/Library of Nineteenth-Century Photography. 


Our free events are very popular, and require visitors to book a ticket beforehand. Please arrive on time for the event, as admission is on a first come, first served basis for ticket holders. Since not everyone who books a ticket attends, we have to overbook our to allow for no-shows.

photography and recording

Photography and audio recording will take place at this event for promotional use by Autograph and Caribbean Social Forum. If you do now wish to be photographed or recorded, please let a member of staff know on arrival to the event.


Part of The Missing Chapter programme, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. Developed in association with and the generous support of the Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images.

Presented in collaboration with Woolwich Centre Library & The Caribbean Social Forum.

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Banner images: 1) Unidentified Sitter. Glasgow, date unknown. By T. W. Stephen. Courtesy of Autograph. 2) Unidentified Sitter. London, date unknown. Photograph by H. Daubray. Courtesy of Autograph. Supported by National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. 3) Sargano Alicamousa. Aboyne, Scotland 1890s. Photograph by R. Charles Reid Company. Courtesy of Autograph. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. 4) Maharaja Duleep Singh. London, circa 1864. By Photo Mayall. Courtesy of Autograph. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Page image - About the Autograph Archive: Joy Gregory, Autoportrait, 1989-90