Exhibition: Blackfriars SE1 in the 1970s

This exhibition CLOSED on Thu, 11th Nov 2021

This exhibition has finished.

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Cost: Free of Charge

A chance discovery of thousands of photographs in a council’s archives has brought back to life a local community’s fight for survival. A new exhibition tells the story.

‘Blackfriars SE1 in the 1970s’ highlights an extraordinary period of community action in the 1970s and 1980s in Blackfriars, North Southwark and Waterloo along London’s South Bank. For many it was a fight for survival as businesses moved out and land was earmarked for office development, leaving isolated communities struggling to maintain their way of life.

The exhibition is presented by SE1 Stories, an umbrella group of people who were active in the campaigns of the time. The group came together in 2019 when thousands of photographs were discovered in the archives of Southwark and Lambeth councils. Many of the fascinating pictures were taken by members of the group for SE1 Community Newspaper, a monthly paper produced by and for local residents. Many more come from the innovative Blackfriars Photography Project that gave people the equipment and skills to be photographers.

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Blackfriars Settlement,

1 Rushworth Street,

Map of Blackfriars Settlement