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Autograph, London : Journeys to Hope


Hackney-based visual arts charity, Autograph, presents a new outdoor display and online gallery sharing the journey of the Windrush generation before, during and after arriving in the UK.

Following the Second World War, thousands of people from Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean were invited by the British government to relocate to the UK to address labour shortages. They, along with their descendants, are often referred to as the Windrush generation, after the ship HMT Empire Windrush on which the first group arrived in 1948.

In 2020, Autograph acquired a portfolio of 37 works from the TopFoto archives, some of which can be seen for the first time in an outdoor display on the side of the gallery in London, punctuated with the profound words of Professor Stuart Hall. This free public display is accompanied by a new online gallery on Autograph’s website.

These works share the journey before, during and after arriving in the UK. These important photographs, alongside their stories, are now part of Autograph’s permanent collection of photography that aims to preserve the legacy of important narratives that have contributed to British history.


Journeys to Hope
January 5 – September 2023
Autograph, London
Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA
Free outdoor display
New online gallery

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