Autograph’s pop-up photography display Black Chronicles is going to Woolwich Centre Library, and we want you to be involved.
If you’ve read a great book that relates to the history of African, Caribbean and South Asian people in Britain, or that showcases the diversity of ‘black presences’ in Victorian and Edwardian Britain, let us know.
From your suggestions, Woolwich Centre Library will make a selection to add to their permanent collection and promote alongside the Black Chronicles display. Both children's and adult titles are welcome.
Autograph’s pop-up Exhibition in a Box: Black Chronicles photography display features 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.
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.
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.
Banner images: 1) Detail of Autograph's Exhibition in a Box: Black Chronicles pop-up display. 2) Sargano Alicamousa. Aboyne, Scotland 1890s. Photograph by R. Charles Reid Company. Courtesy of Autograph. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. 3) Exhibition in a Box: Black Chronicles display at Lewisham Library, 2017. 4) Maharaja Duleep Singh. London, circa 1864. By Photo Mayall. Courtesy of Autograph. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. 4) Unidentified Sitter. Glasgow, date unknown. By T. W. Stephen. Courtesy of Autograph.