Black Victorians
Outreach Workshops

Advance booking essential.

A workshop delivered at your school/venue for students (ages 8 - 18) to explore rare 19th century photographs portraying black lives and migrant experiences during the Victorian era in Britain.

  • Students will be given a unique snapshot of the earliest photographs taken of people from different cultural backgrounds in Britain
  • A highly interactive experience encouraging students to ‘curate’ their own archive exhibition using Autograph ABP’s specially produced visual resource Exhibition in a Box and digital resource Black Chronicles Web App
  • Perfect for Curriculum based learning, Enrichment Programmes, Black History Month activities and After-School clubs
  • Suitable for formal education groups (KS2 – 5) as well as youth community groups including youth clubs, youth arts, National Citizen Service.
  • Teachers and tutors will receive a free copy of the Autograph ABP Archive Learning Resource to help devise follow up activities.

More details

Our Black Victorians outreach workshops are designed to inspire young people to think more deeply about the importance of historical photographs to present different, under-explored perspectives on Britain’s multicultural history.

Engaging with Autograph ABP’s visual learning resources, students will be encouraged to analyse and discuss this rare collection of 19th century photographs portraying people of African, Caribbean and South Asian descent during the Victorian era in Britain, many of which have not been seen in over 125 years. Students will further respond to the photographs through making and performance activities, devised by an experienced artist educator to bring the stories of the photographs to life.

All workshops resources and activities have been developed in accordance with the National Curriculum making links across subject areas including but not limited to Art & Design, Photography, History, English, Geography, Sociology, Citizenship and Media Studies. In addition, these powerful photographs are well suited for enriching and extending curricular learning by providing accessible starting points for students to discuss current social issues such as migration, personal identity, memory and cultural diversity.

Workshop details and booking

  • Workshops will last 1hr 30mins and take place at your school/venue.
  • All materials will be provided by the artist facilitator.
  • A minimum of 10 participants is required for a workshop
  • If your school/venue is outside of London we request you reimburse the artist educators travel costs


This workshop is free, however advance booking is essential. To book, email ali@autograph-abp.co.uk or phone 020 7729 9200.