About this Archive
The protest against U.S President Donald Trump's visit to London took place on the 13th of July 2018. The main part of this demonstration began at 2pm outside BBC Headquarters in Portland Place and ended with a mass public gathering at Trafalgar Square. The protest was widely publicised on social media sites, including Facebook, and was publicly supported by several large well-known organisations.
Organisers estimated that over 250,000 people attended the 13th of July 2018 protest in London. Press photographs and social media coverage showed many protesters carrying anti-Trump placards and materials. A six-meter blimp of a 'Trump Baby' also flew over London during the protest, following permission being granted by the London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Greater London Authority (GLA). The granting of this permission faced criticism on various media platforms.
Much like the 2017 Women's March on London which coincided with Trump's inauguration, a significant proportion of the materials used during the Anti-Trump Visit protest were individually designed and homemade. These often included photographs and cartoons as well as slogans and statements.
Several staff members of Bishopsgate Institute attended the London demonstration and handed out leaflets requesting donations of placards and digital photographs. Social media was also used to request the donation of placards. As a result, the Special Collections & Archives at Bishopsgate Institute holds numerous placards, materials and photographs from the Anti-Trump Visit protest in London.
The 13th of July 2018 protest in London was one of many demonstrations which took place throughout Trump's visit to the UK in July 2018.
Scope and content
Material from the protest against Donald Trump's visit to London, including: placards, objects and digital photographs of the protest (2018).