autograph, london

Schools' Workshops: Preserving the Archive

Nov 2023 - Jan 2024 || Multiple dates

Past workshop

Bring your class to Autograph for a hands-on workshop exploring photography, archives and collective history


Rivington Place

past workshop

This workshop is now closed. View our current workshops here

about the workshop

Using our current exhibition Armet Francis: Beyond the Black Triangle as a starting point, this free 90-minute workshop will invite students to learn how personal photographic collections can play an important role in preserving and narrating British history. After visiting the exhibition, the group will look through a selection of photographs of family life, friendships, neighbourhoods, work and leisure. We will discuss why the photographs were taken and what they tell us about the people in them.

This workshop will ask:
What role does personal photography play in documenting society?
Why have some histories been preserved more than others?
What can personal photography tell us about the identity of people in the photographs?
How do we share, collect and archive our personal pictures in the digital age?

This will be followed by a practical activity, inviting students to think about their own archive and history. They will recreate a photograph that they believe will be important to share with people in the future, by using an instant camera. Students will then learn how to preserve the image using archive techniquesThis workshop will be led by artist and archivist Cassia Clarke who recently rescued her family photographs which had been stored in an airing cupboard and in her nephew's bedroom. 

workshop dates

You can book a workshop for your class on one of the dates below:

Thursday 12th October
Wednesday 8th November
Tuesday 28th November
Wednesday 6th December
Wednesday 10 January
Tuesday 16 January
Friday 19 January

Each day, workshops are available at 10-11:30am or 12:45-2:15pm

Those dates don't work? Get in touch! You can request another date on the booking form and we'll try to make it happen.

how to book

Click the button below to fill in a quick form to request a workshop.

These workshops are suitable for KS4 and KS5, please specify on the form which age group you are bringing so we can tailor the experience for your students.

After we receive your form, a member of Autograph's team will be in touch to confirm your booking and answer any questions.

about the exhibition

Armet Francis: Beyond the Black Triangle

22 Sep 2023 - 20 Jan 2024
Chronicling the lives of people of the African diaspora for over 40 years

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workshop leader

Cassia Clarke

Cassia Clarke is a Luton-born British-Caribbean artist specializing in archival and curatorial work. Cassia uses an autoethnographic and co-curatorial approach to encourage greater knowledge democracy and collective intervention for better accessibility to institutionally held knowledge.



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Autograph welcomes people with all types of disabilities.


Group size

For safety, the maximum number of people allowed in the gallery is 30.


Step free

Our building and entrance is step free. A wheelchair accessible lift goes to all floors.


Two disabled parking bays are available to book in advance, located directly next to our building.

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exhibition supported by

Banner image: Cassia Clarke, Untitled (Packaged Photographs in a Archive Box), 2023. Courtesy the artist.

Images on page: 1) Armet Francis, Fashion Shoot, Brixton Market, London, 1973. © and courtesy the artist. 2) Cassia Clarke. Photograph by Alex Charovas. 3) Autograph, photograph by Zoë Maxwell.