Empire Through the Lens

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL


Saturday 30 September 2017 – Friday 31 August 2018
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm
Admission Fee: No admission fee – donations welcome.

Bristol Archives now holds an extraordinary collection of photography and film depicting aspects of life from the British Empire and Commonwealth, mostly dating from the 1880s to the 1960s.

Through the selections and words of over 20 people, this exhibition is just a snippet of the many thousands of images that are being catalogued and digitised.

Each selector has been invited to choose one image or film from the collection.

The selectors include Bristol based community groups, NGO workers, artists, academics, presenters, and relatives of the original photographers; and represent a variety of viewpoints and expertise on the countries depicted, the legacy of Empire and post-colonial experience.

Please note that the exhibition may contain some challenging images. An accompanying event programme will take place in the autumn.

This exhibition is a display of the collection held by Bristol Archives and will take place at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

More information available at Bristol Museums & Art Gallery website: www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/empire-through-the-lens/

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