Immortalised: The People Loved, Left and Lost in our Landscape
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.
Partner event at the British Library
The British Library is organising a panel discussion taking a look at who gets immortalised, how, and why on Tuesday 11 September 2018, at the British Library in London.
This event will be an evening of discussion asking why stories of female achievements haven’t been told in bricks, mortar, bronze and marble until recently - be that in the descriptions of listed buildings, recognition of female architects, or real women represented in statues - drawing links to the British Library's own building and archives.
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.
Immortalised exhibition information
Thursday 30 August until Sunday 16 September 2018
Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm
Entry to the exhibition is free.
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