Autograph ABP Photography Roadshow

28 September, 11am - 4pm

The Drum

Birmingham, UK

Past event

In partnership with The Drum, Autograph ABP presents the fifth in a series of nationwide Photography Roadshows, to unearth a 'Missing Chapter' of Britain's diverse photographic history.

You are invited to bring along examples of photographs from your family archive that relate to black experiences and the emergence of a culturally diverse Britain, and engage in an informal review session with a team of photography curators and outreach professionals.

What are we looking for?
From family celebrations, personal records of demonstrations or community campaigns to ‘ordinary’ scenes of domestic life and high street studio portraits, this initiative aims to uncover, preserve and document those special moments that form part of everyone’s family archive - with a particular focus on migrant stories.

Part of the exhibition

The Autograph ABP Archive in Focus: Back in the Day

27 September - 31 October 2013

The Drum, Birmingham

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In partnership with

The Drum

The Drum is dedicated to developing and promoting contemporary art and culture of British African, Asian and Caribbean communities.


From Autograph ABP

Renée Mussai

Renée Mussai is Curator / Head of Archive at Autograph ABP. She curates and lectures internationally, and is currently undertaking PhD research at University College London, studying post-colonial politics of portraiture and gender in Britain, Africa and the African diaspora.

Rajiv Anand

Rajiv Anand is Outreach Coordinator at Autograph ABP. He has over 15 years experience of working in museums, heritage and the arts in the fields of access, inclusion and diversity.

From The Drum

Ian Sergeant

Ian Sergeant is Arts Development and Outreach Manager at The Drum


We recommend booking to avoid dissapointment

To book, please contact Rajiv Anand at or +44 (0)20 7729 9200

About our Photography Roadshows

The real story of a culturally diverse Britain cannot be told without pictures by amateur photographers: through the inclusion of vernacular images in the Archive, family albums become powerful narratives of community, history and identity. Whether photographs of birthdays, street parties and demonstrations, intimate scenes of domestic life or high street studio portraits, they will contribute to transform our collection into a continuously growing, living archive.

We believe that images by amateur photographers reveal another story of a complex and diverse Britain that should be represented alongside images by established photographers, fine art portraiture and social documentary. To this end, we are working with different partners in the UK to unearth ‘missing chapters’ in Britain’s cultural history. Autograph ABP’s new and ongoing series of “Photography Roadshows” form an important element of the Archive and Research Centre for Culturally Diverse Photography’s outreach programme: actively engaging with Britain’s multicultural communities, our roadshows are the key to curating vernacular works into the collection.

About the Autograph ABP Archive & Research Centre

Autograph ABP's Archive & Research Centre was established to address a gap in the visual representation of Britain's cultural history and its diverse communities.

Through preserving and mining photographic archives and working with artists internationally, we encourage progressive curatorial research in order to produce new narratives. Over the years, we have built a unique collection that, through photography, multimedia and writing, critically exploires global politics of migration, diaspora and difference.

Additional Info

144 Potters Lane
West Midlands
B6 4UU

+44 (0)121 333 2400

Free parking onsite
Disabled spaces are also available

  • Roswell Family Archive 1960 to 1980
  • Photo from the Autograph ABP Photography Roadshow in Nottingham