Hackney Museum Community Residency

22 November 2016 - 28 January 2017

Hackney Museum

London, UK


Exhibition in a Box, Autograph ABP’s pop up photography archive, will be on display at Hackney Museum giving local residents, schools and community groups the chance to see rare portraits of black and Asian lives in Victorian Britain.


  • See a display of 30 rare portraits featuring pioneering black musicians, dignitaries, politicians, sports people and other professionals living and working in Victorian Britain.
  • Uncover previously unknown local and UK-wide migration stories to see how diverse communities have shaped Britain since the 19th century.
  • Book your school group (KS2 - 5) for a free artist run workshop exploring Autograph’s rare Victorian photographs alongside local migration stories from the Hackney Museum collection and Hackney Archives, from 29 November - 3 December.

Presented in collaboration with Hackney Museum. For more information and workshop booking please contact ali@autograph-abp.co.uk or phone 0207 749 1266

Autograph ABP’s Exhibition in a Box is a pop-up archive exhibition display for use across a wide range of spaces, including community centres, schools, colleges and public libraries. It comprises 30 remarkable A3 image panels produced from rare photographs of people of African, Caribbean and South Asian descent during the Victorian era in Britain. These archival photographs were unearthed during our three-year research project The Missing Chapter and we are now bringing them into community spaces in Hackney to promote cultural diversity through photography.

Since 2014, Autograph ABP has invited artists to spend time leading workshops and learning activities for community groups to engage with the unique archive material from the The Missing Chapter: Black Chronicles programme. Previous collaborations included artists Eileen Perrier and Claire Haddon’s mobile photography studio in residence at Gillett Square in Dalston, Hackney.

Supported by

Part of The Missing Chapter programme, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. Developed in association with and the generous support of the Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images.

Presented in collaboration with Hackney Museum with special thanks to: Emma Winch (Heritage Learning Manager) and Niti Acharya (Museum Manager).

About The Missing Chapter

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

An important aspect of The Missing Chapter project’s mission - which also includes exhibitions and events, formal and informal learning activities, and the creation of new educational resources - is to introduce its findings to new environments and audiences outside galleries or museum spaces

About Hackney Museum

Hackney Museum provides free exhibitions and events exploring Hackney's past and present. The museum has a busy programme of exhibitions, events and activities for visitors of all ages and is free to visit at all times. They provide a comprehensive learning programme for community groups and schools, involving interactive taught sessions for KS1 - KS4, SEN and EAL exploring local history, identity and belonging.

Additional Info

The pop up archive exhibition will be on display at
Hackney Museum
Ground Floor, Technology and Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane
E8 1GQ

Opening times
Tues, Weds, Fri: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Thur: 9.30am - 8pm
Sat: 10am - 5pm