Events | Learning

Black Chronicles
Archive Laboratory

21 September - 1 October 2016

Rivington Place

London, UK


An immersive and interactive space showcasing the latest research and resources from Autograph ABP’s pioneering The Missing Chapter project, exploring Black Victorian photographic portraiture.


  • A special display from our acclaimed Black Chronicles II exhibition, featuring a selection of large-scale photographs of The African Choir of 1891
  • The African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined, a new sound installation in the gallery by acclaimed composers Philip Miller and Thuthuka Sibisi will accompany the portraits.
  • An interactive learning space showcasing The Missing Chapter Web App, where users can explore 19th century photographs portraying people of African, Caribbean and South Asian descent during the Victorian era in Britain.
  • A small display of original 1860s-1890s rare carte-de-visite portraits depicting black Victorians, recently acquired for Autograph ABP’s archive.

Read More

For 10 days only, visit the Archive Laboratory to explore Autograph ABP’s latest research and resources from The Missing Chapter project. In The African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined Philip Miller and Thuthuka Sibisi re-create a performance of The African Choir during the choir’s tour in 19th Century Victorian Britain. Read more > 

From 21 October, The Missing Chapter Web App can also be accessed at

The gallery will be a hub for events and workshops:

Teaching Migration History: Challenges and Opportunities >

Surviving as an Artist: How to get Photography Exhibitions >

Sound / Image Installation: The African Choir 1891 Re-imagined >

Panel discussion: sound and the archive >

Black Victorians: Free CPD event >

Vintage portrait workshop: 19th century collodion tintypes >

Visitors can also preview Autograph’s Exhibition in a Box - a new pop-up archive exhibition and versatile learning tool-kit.

Supported by

The Missing Chapter project is supported The Heritage Lottery Fund

Developed in association with and the generous support of the Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images.

Book a workshop or tour

If you are interested in organising a group visit to the Archive Lab we are happy to organise workshops and guided tours. Please contact our learning team directly

About The Missing Chapter

The Missing Chapter aims to bring together a body of photographs that showcases diverse ‘black presences’ in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund over 2013-16, images are identified through new curatorial research and by working collaboratively with national archives and collections, both public and private.

The Missing Chapter project includes exhibitions and events, formal and informal learning activities, and the creation of new educational resources.

One important aspect of the project’s mission is to introduce its findings to new environments and audiences outside galleries or museum spaces, including digitally.

Additional Info

Autograph ABP
Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA

The entrance is on the side of the building

We are located in the heart of Shoreditch, a short walk from Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations.
Buses: 26, 43, 48, 55, 67, 149, 205, 242 and 271

Opening hours
Tues, Wed, Fri 11am – 6pm
Thurs 11am – 9pm
Sat 12 – 6pm

The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays.

Entry to Rivington Place and all exhibitions is free. Our Gallery Assistants in the exhibition spaces are happy to answer questions about the exhibitions.


Rivington Place is fully accessible, with a lift and step free access to all areas of the building.
Please phone ahead to book a disabled parking bay, or if you would like to discuss your access needs: 020 7749 1240.

Visiting information >