Exhibition in a Box
THE MISSING CHAPTER: BLACK CHRONICLES

3 - 31 Oct 2018
LONDON: WOOLWICH CENTRE LIBRARY

Free entry

woolwich centre library

35 Wellington Street
Woolwich, London
SE18 6HQ


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About the display

Autograph’s pop-up photography display 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.

Part of the The Missing Chapter project, 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.

They portray a diverse range of people living and working in Britain at the time, from politicians to performers to service men and women. 

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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.

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. 

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Visit the website for The Missing Chapter project





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ABOUT WOOLWICH CENTRE LIBRARY

Woolwich Centre Library is situated in the heart of Woolwich in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. This modern facility is conveniently located close to the town centre, making it an accessible library for all to use. 

ABOUT AUTOGRAPH'S EXHIBITION IN A BOX

A photography pop-up archive exhibition display and versatile learning tool-kit, intended for use across a diverse range of spaces, including community centres, schools, colleges, public libraries and other resources such as local archives 

SUPPORTED BY

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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Caribbean Social Forum
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Royal Borough of Greenwich
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Banner images: 1) Sargano Alicamousa. Aboyne, Scotland 1890s. Photograph by R. Charles Reid Company. Courtesy of Autograph. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. 2) Exhibition in a Box: Black Chronicles display at Lewisham Library, 2017. 3)Unidentified Sitter. Glasgow, date unknown. By T. W. Stephen. Courtesy of Autograph. 4) Unidentified Sitter. London, date unknown. Photograph by H. Daubray. Courtesy of Autograph. Supported by National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. 5) Maharaja Duleep Singh. London, circa 1864. By Photo Mayall. Courtesy of Autograph. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.