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.
Hidden Histories is our major archive project, running until 2023. 

We are exploring Four Corners Archive, to create an active site for public events, study, socially-engaged practice and collaboration. This includes: 

  • 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. 

Find out about the Half Moon Photography Workshop's Comments Book

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 is supporting 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 and homelessness in East London, in partnership with the Centre for Arts Memory and Communities, Coventry University for Autumn 2022.


Out of the Archives Online Talks | February 2021 

Collecting Stories of Everyday Life 
Lisa Der Weduwe from the Museum of Youth Culture and Geoff Broadway from the Living Memory Project joined us to discuss their work collecting and sharing vernacular photography archives.

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Revisiting Radical Community Photography 
Looking closer at the radical, youth-led photography projects recording South and East London in the 1970s and 1980s. Photographer Paul Carter discussed his influential Blackfriars Photography Project. Andrew Woodyatt and Tamara Stoll shared their discovery and documentation of the Rio Cinema Archive.

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Photographers in the Archives 
Heather Agyepong, Anita Corbin and Ingrid Pollard discussed their work revisiting and reactivating photography archives.

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Women's History Month Online Talks | March 2021 

Bred and Born, Now and Then
Filmmaker and Four Corners' founder member Jo Davis, alongside film participant Carol Wood, shared their memories of making the experimental, feminist documentary Bred and Born

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Independent Miss Craigie: Preview Screening and Filmmakers' Q&A 
Independent Miss Craigie is a feature-length biographical documentary exploring the life and work of filmmaker, writer and feminist scholar Jill Craigie (1911 – 99). Director Lizzie Thynne and producer Hollie Price joined us to discuss the film.

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Photographing Protest 
Photographers Maggie Murray and Angela Christofilou joined us to discuss their work documenting protests, past and present. 

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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.