Guest exhibition

Sat 2 December 2023 – Sat 16 March 2024

Brick Lane 1978: The Turning Point on Tour

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Brick Lane 1978: The Turning Point is on display at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives. 

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives 
Free admission 
Saturday 2 December 2023 - Saturday 16 March 2024

This exhibition reveals the dramatic events in 1978, which were sparked by the racist murder of Altab Ali, a 24-year-old Bengali leather garments worker, and pays tribute to the activists who mobilised around the rallying cry of justice that followed. The exhibition brings together seventy of Paul Trevor’s photographs as well as original archival materials and first person testimony.

The display was originally created as part of a major heritage project led by Four Corners and Swadhinata Trust in partnership with Paul Trevor and supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund. With the help of volunteers and original activists, the project created a record of this watershed moment as told by local people.

Photograph © Paul Trevor of an anti-racist protest in Brick Lane, 1978.