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POP-UP ARCHIVE
EXHIBITION IN A BOX

The Exhibition In A Box provides 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.

 

Designed to facilitate engagement programmes to promote cultural diversity through photography, the Exhibition In A Box comprises thirty remarkable A3 image panels produced from rare 19th century photographs portraying people of African, Caribbean and South Asian descent during the Victorian era in Britain. It comes complete with a set of promotional postcards, information leaflets featuring presentation instructions and adhesive pads, making it ready for installation and fully reusable.

 

The Exhibition In A Box is a free limited edition resource available from Autograph ABP on application. If you are interested in acquiring one please contact us.

MARY SEACOLE, circa 1870
PHOTOGRAPHER: MAULL & CO
COURTESY OF ©2016
AMORET TANNER COLLECTION/
fotoLibra
MARTHA RICKS, 1892
PHOTOGRAPHER: ELLIOT & FRY
COURTESY OF ©NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
PRINCE ALAMAYU, 1869
PHOTOGRAPHER: HUGHES & MULLINS
COURTESY OF MICHAEL GRAHAM-STEWART

CONTENTS OF THE BOX

 

  • Thirty A3 Image Panels
  • Two A3 Text Panels
  • Thirty promotional Postcards
  • Two hundred adhesive Foam Pads
  • Two copies of an Illustrated Leaflet

 

AIMS & OBJECTIVES

 

The Exhibition In A Box is specially designed for users to facilitate engagement programmes to promote cultural diversity through photography by:

  • Enabling organisers and participants to independently curate their own pop-up exhibition, using all or selected images from Autograph ABP’s acclaimed The Missing Chapter research portfolio.
  • Providing teachers, tutors and facilitators with a powerful, cross-curricular learning tool-kit supporting formal and informal discussions in classrooms or other facilitated group sessions.
  • Allowing unique archival photography to be re-used, preserved and presented multiple times in different settings for a wide range of learning and display needs.

 

The Photographic Portraits  in The Missing Chapter: Black Chronicles offer a unique snapshot of black lives and migrant experiences during the decades following the birth of photography in 1839.  They represent a diverse range of people, from visiting performers, politicians, dignitaries, servicemen and women, royalty and missionaries, to known personalities and many as yet unidentified individuals living and working in Britain at the time. Their collective presence bears direct witness to the nation’s colonial and imperial history, and the expansion of the British Empire during the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

 

These portraits highlight an important and complex black presence in Britain before 1948, a watershed moment often cited as the beginning of the emergence of a multicultural modern British society after the SS Empire Windrush brought the first large group of West Indian migrants to Britain. Produced in commercial studios during the latter half of the nineteenth century, many lay buried deep within the archives for decades – unseen for more than 125 years.

 

Cross-curriculum links and themes include, but are not limited to, subject areas including Art & Design, Photography, Media Studies, History, English, Geography, Sociology or Citizenship as well as key themes and study skills including Migration, Identity and Cultural Diversity, (Visual) Literacy, Critical Analysis, Research and Representation.

 

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

 

Exhibition in a Box displays have been seen in Hackney Museum, 22 Nov – 28 Jan 2017; Barnet & Southgate College, November 2016; Acton High School, November 2016 and Merton Abbey, January 2017 as well as other educational and cultural spaces.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

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

UNIDENTIFIED SITTER, circa 1870s
PHOTOGRAPHER: ROBERTSON & CO
COURTESY OF VAL WILMER
ARTHUR BOYLE, LONDON, 1880s
PHOTOGRAPHER: H & R STILES
COURTESY OF MICHAEL GRAHAM-STEWART
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