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Immortalised: The People Loved, Left and Lost in our Landscape

A free exhibition at the Workshop, Lambeth, London
Friday 31 August - Sunday 16 September 2018

Opening event: Exhibition Late on Thursday 30 August

Plaque at the foot of a statue to Alan Turing. It reads
Plaque on the Alan Turing Memorial, Sackville Park, Fairfield Street, Manchester

About the exhibition

For millennia, we have celebrated and mourned, marked and memorialised. Through our culture, places, stories and rituals we pass down what matters to us.

It is how we make people immortal.

But who decides who and how we remember?

"Immortalised" explores the ways people and events have been commemorated in England, by the statues, the plaques, shrines and murals that mark heroic, quirky, inspirational and challenging lives. But while some people are heralded, others are unrepresented: women, the working classes and people of colour are much less likely to have a place on the plinth.

An immersive exhibition, "Immortalised" invites you to enter four giant monuments that hold the key to our memorial past and future. From a Trafalgar Square lion to the Brighton Peace 'Angel,' to the boots on the contested statue of Edward Colson in Bristol, these will each explore how, why and who we remember, from the well-loved and famous, to the lost local hero.

"Immortalised" also reviews the challenging histories of some of those celebrated, and looks at how we might immortalise in the future, long after we are gone and perhaps, forgotten.

Immortalised exhibition details

Entry to the exhibition is free.

When: Friday 31 August until Sunday 16 September 2018
Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm  

Where: The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, Lambeth, London SE1 7AG
London Underground: Vauxhall (Victoria line) and Lambeth North (Bakerloo + Northern lines)
Train: Vauxhall
Bus: routes 3, 77, 344, 360, 507 and C10

[Map: The Immortalised exhibition takes place at the The Workshop, Lambeth]

Sign up for curator tours

A limited number of free tickets are available for special curator-led tours of the exhibition. Book now to secure you place.

When: Friday 31 August, Saturday 1 September, Sunday 2 September. Tours at 1.00pm.

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Exhibition Late with the Migration Museum

See two free exhibitions in one evening at The Workshop from 6pm on Thursday 30 August:

At this joint late exhibition opening you can chat to the Migration Museum and Historic England teams and much more:

  • Participate in a special guided tour of the Migration Museum’s No Turning Back exhibition.
  • Take part in a curator-led guided tour of the Immortalised exhibition.  
  • Chat to a ‘Pop-up Prof’ about the themes of memorialisation and commemoration explored in both exhibitions. ‘Pop up Profs’ is a series run by the Migration Museum where leading academics are on hand to have an informal chat about exhibition
  • Participate in a ‘making’ workshop, in which visitors can create their own memorial using craft materials supplied.
  • Grab a drink from the Migration Museum’s donation bar.

British Library - Panel Discussion

Immortalised: Remembering Women's Achievements

The British Library is organising a panel discussion taking a look at who gets immortalised, how, and why onTuesday 11 September 2018, at the British Library in London.

The panel includes: Emily Gee, London Planning Director at Historic England, Bee Rowlatt, author and chair of ‘Mary on the Green’ campaign, and Dr. Elizabeth Darling, architectural historian at Oxford Brookes University.

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London Fire Brigade Museum - Memorial Hall event

As part of Historic England’s Immortalised exhibition, London Fire Brigade Museum is opening the Memorial Hall at 8 Albert Embankment for a special event on Friday 31 August, 10am-1pm.

Visitors will have exclusive access to this unique memorial to London’s firefighters who have lost their lives on duty. This event is suitable for all ages, with museum curators on hand to explain the history of London Fire Brigade, alongside lots of hands-on activities for families.

This is a free event, but please register your interest on Eventbrite.

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