The place of archives in the South London Gallery project
Lucy Inglis, Archivist and Records Manager, South London Gallery
Date: 24 Apr 2018, 17:45
Venue: IHR Seminar Room N304, Third Floor, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Founded towards the end of the 19th century, the South London Gallery (SLG) in Peckham is best known for its programme of temporary contemporary art exhibitions. In 2014, the SLG was given a derelict former Victorian Fire Station 100m from the main gallery site; having secured an HLF award to restore the building, the gallery will open this annexe as a contemporary art space in September 2018.
A major part of the Fire Station project is to catalogue and make accessible the gallery's archive, which includes early reports, correspondence, photographs, accession registers, visitor books, press cuttings, catalogues, and related ephemera. This previously unseen material will be displayed in a purpose-built archive space in the new annexe. This presentation will discuss how and why the SLG - as a contemporary art gallery - is seeking to engage with its archive, and consider some of the challenges of integrating heritage into their current programming. It will also explore how the gallery envisages opening up their archive might help them to connect more widely with local audiences.
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