Forthcoming exhibitions

The Great Diary Project

TN The Great Diary Project17 May – 12 October 2014
Using documents from The Great Diary Project archive at Bishopsgate Institute, this exhibition offers insights into the lives of children and teenagers at particular moments in history. The diaries on display date from 1813 to 1996, showing changes in attitudes over time and demonstrating how an individual's unique voice can be captured in this very private kind of writing.

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Hand Me Over Hand Me Downs

Hand me over hand me downs - Hunan Spring 1998 © Annabel Stockman24 May – 31 August 2014
This display examines the UK's international adoption policies, focusing on adoption from China. Taking artist Annabel Stockman's photographic project Hand me over hand me downs as inspiration, it centres around the moment an adoptive child joins their new family.

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Toy Stories

Toy Stories - Maudy - Kalulushi, Zambia © Gabriele Galimberti7 June – 14 December 2014
Toy Stories is a series of children's portraits exploring the role and function of toys in the lives of children around the globe. Consisting of 20 photographs taken by Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti, the portraits reflect the impact of the children's backgrounds and families on their choice of toys and highlight the universality of play.

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