5 Events That'll Transport You Back To Rebellious London

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5 Events That'll Transport You Back To Rebellious London

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South Africa demonstration, Trafalgar Square, late 1960s

If you're looking for a photographic history of our capital, you can't go wrong by starting your search at Bishopsgate Institute. Its Special Collections and Archives are home to more than half a million images, and they date back decades — material ranges from the mid-Victorian period right through to present day.

It's one of the most comprehensive records around, and always growing — recent acquisitions include the archive of Australian photographer Derek Brook. Arriving in London in the early 1960s, his work provides a fascinating insight into the capital at the time, from snapshots of hippy boutiques and The Beatles to the culture of political protest and demonstration.

Inspired by the Special Collections and Archives, the Institute's summer programme of events shine a light on the radical figures, new ideas and rebellion of the era, with a range of courses, talks and tours on offer.

Marx In London

Notting Hill housing demonstration, May 1969

First arriving in London after the 1848 European revolutions, Marx remained here for the rest of his life — and the city proved to be a major influence in his revolutionary, anti-capitalist writings. Join Dr Katherine Connelly in exploring his profound engagement with the metropolis, including the literature he read, the pubs he drank in, the political campaigns he organised and his experience of poverty in Soho.

TALK | 7pm-8pm | 2 May | £5-£7 | Book Now

Rebellious London - Grassroots Movements That Shook the Capital

CND Aldermaston March, early 1960s

Londoners have a history of speaking truth to power. From the Chartists of the 1830s to the anti-fascists of the 1930s, this fascinating course — comprised of a combination of walks and classroom sessions — tells the stories of ordinary people who challenged the authority of governing elites.

COURSE | Tuesdays and Saturdays, starts 8 May until 19 June | £95-£126 | Book Now

Protest on Camera: 1950s to Today

South Africa demonstration, late 1960s

Protest on the streets of London is nothing new. For decades, photographers have been documenting demonstrations, marches and rallies — and Bishopsgate Institute is home to one of the largest archives of such material in the UK. At this event, hear from Stefan Dickers, Special Collections and Archives Manager, as he introduces you to the collections, as well as photographers Maggie Murray, David Hoffman and Elainea Emmott who have captured images of iconic protests in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

TALK | 7pm-8.30pm | 31 May | £7-£9 | Book Now

Untold Lives – 100 Years of Women’s History (1880s-1970s)

The stories of many influential women are documented in the Institute’s archives, but what about those who are lesser known? A teacher, a model, an office worker, a politician, a pacifist and a housewife all feature in this course on the forgotten women of yesterday, with their stories told through original ‘herstorical’ materials, such as Victorian pamphlets, first world war letters and 1960s activist ephemera.

COURSE | Thursdays, starts 7 June until 5 July | £53-£71 | Book Now

Archives Tour - Women's and Feminist History

Tre Camp, Carnaby Street, late 1960s

Keen to learn more about women’s history from the 19th century onwards? Led by Archivist Grace Biggins, on this tour you’ll meet Victorian pioneers, second-wave radical feminists, and contemporary activists whilst discovering the different ways women have been portrayed and represented in Bishopsgate Institute’s collections over the last 150 years.

TOUR | 6.30pm-7.30pm | 21 June | £5-£7 | Book Now


Inspired by what you've seen? Discover more about radical London through Bishopsgate Institute's publicly accessible London Collections, and Summer 2018 season of events, including courses, talks and tours. Click here to find out more.

Last Updated 02 May 2018