Fri 31 July 2020 – Fri 30 June 2023

Hidden Histories

Four Corners Archive

Peter Kennard and Rick Sissions' A Document on Chile, Camden Town Hall, 1978.
We are delighted to announce the launch of a new Heritage Fund project, Hidden Histories.

This ambitious 3-year project will see us delve deeper into Four Corners Archive, evolving the collection into an active site for public events, study, socially-engaged practice and collaboration. Here's what we've got planned:

  • On the Move: the history of the Half Moon Photography Workshop/Camerawork touring exhibitions, 1976-1984.
    The Half Moon Photography Workshop played a radical role in reshaping the photographic landscape of Britain. In 1976 they pioneered a programme of laminated touring exhibitions. Over 50 of these affordable, portable exhibitions travelled to venues around the country, from art centres and universities to prisons, churches and laundrettes. 

    Do you remember seeing a laminated touring exhibition?  
    We are carrying out new research into this important body of work, and we need your help. Find out more. 
  • Research partnership with the Jo Spence Memorial Library Archive at Birkbeck.
    Jo Spence was one of the founder members of HMPW and Camerawork magazine. The project will support a research archivist to work across the Jo Spence and Four Corners archive collections.
  • A Bengali Photography Archive of activist, family and community photographs to be developed in partnership with Swadhinata Trust and Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives.
  • Exhibition on housing, squatting and homelessness in East London, to be developed with the Centre for Arts Memory and Communities, Coventry University in 2022.


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Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, supported by a curatorial research grant from the Paul Mellon Centre.

Project partners are Bishopsgate Insitute, Centre for Arts, Memory & Communities at Coventry University, Feminist LibraryJo Spence Memorial Library at Birkbeck, Mayday Rooms, Swadhinata Trust, Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives.