A fireman and burnt-out car in the aftermath of the Brixton riots, 1981 (Morning Star Photographic Archive, Bishopsgate Library)
Autumn Cultural Events season at Bishopsgate Institute
Travel with us Back to the 80s for a thoughtful look at a time which changed British politics forever but also gave us New Romantics, big hair, even bigger shoulder pads and the Young Ones.
You can also take a look through the camera lens at key radical moments in London’s history in Radical London in Focus, part of Photomonth 2012.
For music lovers we have the return of our free Tuesday lunchtime concerts plus our evening jazz concerts including the Vortex City sessions.
Back to the 80s
What made the 80s such a cult decade? Revisit the music of the 80s with Pauline Black and Gary Kemp, question the Iron Lady’s legacy with Owen Jones and Clare Short or take a look at some shocking fashions of the time. Also explore with Peter Tatchell and Michael Cashman MEP how far we have come towards equality for the LGBT community or debate what strikes, past and present, have achieved.
We also have 80s themed courses in our Courses For Adults this autumn.
Radical London in Focus
During October and November we are delighted to be part of Photomonth 2012 with our series of Saturday talks, Radical London in Focus, in which three leading photographers discuss how they have used photography to document key moments of unrest. Plus explore the radical history of the East End in our walking tour.
There will be an exhibition of all three photographers work at Bishopsgate Institute to accompany these talks from 1 October to 30 November 2012.
Spitalfields Life Chit Chats
There’s another opportunity to meet some of the wonderful characters that feature in the hugely popular blog and book Spitalfields Life in the second of our Chit Chats series.
Historian Sarah Wise delves into the scandals of sane individuals being sent to the lunatic asylum in Victorian Lunacy: Inconvenient People and leading Philosopher Julian Baggini asks Why Philosophy Matters. Also take a stroll around the squares of London, and find out more about the 19th century reformists in Victorian Bloomsbury.
Come and relax to the beautiful sounds of classical music in our wonderful Great Hall in our series of free Tuesday lunchtime music concerts from 11 September to 6 November 2012. For full listings, click here.We also bring you the best in live Jazz in our evening concert series
Open House London
Bishopsgate Institute opens its doors for Open House London
, a city-wide celebration of architecture. Come and explore our historic Grade II* listed building in the City of London.
Founded in 1894, Bishopsgate Institute was one of three major public buildings designed by architect Charles Harrison Townsend (1851–1928), the other two being the Whitechapel Gallery and the Horniman Museum. Guided tours will take place on the hour, every hour (last tour at 4.00pm).