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

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A woman standing reading one of the exhibition panels at Immortalised: The People Loved, Left and Lost in our Landscape
© Historic England DP218909

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 was 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

Download the exhibition guide

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

Curator tours

A limited number of free tickets were available for special curator-led tours of the exhibition.

When: Friday 14 September - Sunday 16 September 2018. Tours at 1.00 pm.

British Library - Panel Discussion: Remembering Women's Achievements - Sold Out

The British Library organised a panel discussion taking a look at who gets immortalised, how, and why on Tuesday 11 September 2018, at the British Library in London.

The panel included: 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.

Exhibits at the Immortalised Exhibition
Immortalised Exhibition © Historic England DP218957

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