Exhibitions | Learning

Elders Archive Sessions with Tea and Cake

Rivington Place

London, UK

Free, advance booking essential

We invite Elder groups for a special viewing of our photographic archive over tea and cake.


  • A tour of our current exhibition
  • An introduction to Autograph ABP’s archive of over 5000 photographs documenting Britain’s culturally diverse communities.
  • The chance to handle original archive photographs from as early as the 1860’s
  • An informal conversation reminiscing and reflecting on the histories the photographs show, facilitated by an experienced artist educator and member of our curatorial team
  • Tea and cake

More details

In these informal sessions your group will gain insights into Autograph ABP’s extensive archive of over 5000 culturally diverse photographs. Participants will be introduced to our collection of 19th century Victorian Carte de Viste, showcasing the earliest images of Britain’s multicultural society. We will move on to see works documenting the cultural life of Britain’s diverse communities, such as the iconic fashion photographs of James Barnor’s Forever Young (1960), and the key civil rights, protest and music movements of Syd Shelton’s Rock Against Racism (1976 - 81). Lastly we will view a selection of contemporary photographic works that focus on the changing experiences over generations in Britain’s diverse communities, such as Franklyn Rogers Elders project (2011).

Participants will be encouraged to reminisce, discuss and share their personal experiences of the histories our archive photographs reveal.

About the sessions

  • Led by an artist educator and member of Autotgraph ABP's curatorial team.
  • Sessions will last 1 hour and take place in the gallery at Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA.
  • Please note we require a minimum of 10 participants for this activity. If this is not possible we also welcome self-directed gallery visits where we would be happy to give you a short introduction.


For booking and more information please contact ali@autograph-abp.co.uk or phone 020 7749 1266

Feedback from past elders visits

Intriguing to see a lot of history, which ignited thoughts and questions

I felt good. Interesting to know about some of my African ancestors that came here

I enjoyed the whole afternoon

Tours led by Ali Eisa

Tours will be led by artist educator Ali Eisa.

Ali started out running circus skills workshops for young people with the youth arts group Albert & Friends Instant Circus in London 10 years ago. He has experience of teaching everything from juggling to stilt-walking to performance making, and has travelled in the UK and internationally to perform and lead workshops.

He started working for Autograph ABP in 2015 and has focused his many skills and enthusiasms to lead fun, creative and interactive workshops involving discussions, activities, games and exercises alongside tours and seminars exploring the historical and political backgrounds of various artists and their work. He studied Fine Art and has an MA in Visual Sociology.

He is a passionate advocate of creative and visual ways of learning and the need to engage audiences with diverse material.

Additional Info

Autograph ABP
Rivington Place
London, EC2A 3BA

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

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 >

  • Unidentified sitter, c. 1880s. Glasgow, T.W. Steven. Courtesy Autograph ABP collection
  • Raphael Albert, Miss Black & Beautiful Sybil McLean with fellow contestants, Hammersmith Palais, London, 1972. From the portfolio 'Black Beauty Pageants'. Courtesy of © Raphael Albert/Autograph ABP
  • Syd Shelton, Tulse Hill Comprehensive School, Brixton, London, 1976.
  • Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Every Moment Counts (Ecstatic Antibodies), 1989