Immortalised: The People Loved, Left and Lost in our Landscape
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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)
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 14 September, Saturday 15 September, Sunday 16 September. Tours at 1.00pm.
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.
How to protect and save local memorials around you
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Also of interest...
A season of activity from Historic England, it will explore how, why and who England remembers in its streets, buildings and spaces.
Murals and shrines, inscriptions on benches and trees, the way we memorialise publically and personally says a lot about our local history.
We are inviting proposals for new ways of remembering events, people and identities in the public realm.