Fully booked! Illustrated Talk with Dr Caroline Bressey

Tue 28 October, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Rivington Place

London, UK

Free, booking recommended

Unnamed sitters, unknowable lives? Exploring the black presence in London through Victorian photography.

45 minute Illustrated talk, followed by a conversation with curator Renée Mussai and audience Q+A.

In this talk Caroline Bressey will discuss selected photographs in the Autograph ABP exhibition Black Chronicles II, currently on view at Rivington Place, as well as images from her own research on the lives of black women and men in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The absence of so-called racial or ethnic descriptions in British national records such as the national census means there is no ‘big data’ way to tell how many black men and women were a part of the late Victorian and Edwardian city because we cannot see them in the printed texts of archives. Photographs provide an invaluable way to see a new kind of historical geography of the city, but there are challenges for using these methods.

Caroline Bressey will be looking closely at some of these challenges, and share stories behind some of the photographs.

Part of the exhibition

Black Chronicles II

12 September - 29 November 2014

Rivington Place, London

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About Dr Caroline Bressey

Caroline Bressey is a Reader in Historical Geography, in the Department of Geography, University College London.  Her interests are focused on historical and cultural geographies of the black presence in Britain particularly London, Victorian theories of race and anti-racism and the links between contemporary identity and the diverse histories of London. 

Her first book Empire, Race and the Politics of Anti-Caste, focuses upon the radical politics of Catherine Impey's writings in the Victorian anti-racist periodical Anti-Caste,  as well as the geography of Anti-Caste's readership and its place in the  history of the anti-racist movement in Britain, and was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2013.


This event is free, however booking is recommended. 

Reserve your free ticket using the form on this webpage, eventbrite, or by phoning 0207 749 1240

Additional Info

Rivington Place

P: 0207 749 1240

Rivington Place is fully accessible. Disabled parking bays are available, please call in advance to reserve.