‘We Are Here’

In celebration and recognition of Black History Month

‘We Are Here’ – photographing the ‘Windrush generation’ of Waltham Forest, curated by Image17 photography collective. 

Image17, a collective of photographers based in Waltham Forest, received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant for an exciting heritage project, We Are Here, which was launched at the Vestry House Museum in Waltham Forest on 4th March 2020. The UK’s Covid-19 lockdown subsequently moved everything online. The project focuses on capturing Waltham Forest’s Windrush residents, who came to the UK from the Caribbean to create new lives in the borough from the 1950s to the 1970s. The exhibition consists of 50 new photographic portraits alongside more than 100 personal family pictures, mementos and oral testimonies, providing a peek into lives lived in the borough. These residents have contributed to the fabric of Waltham Forest in numerous and surprising ways, yet little evidence of this exists in the borough’s archives. We Are Here uncovers some of these stories, which will be archived at Vestry House Museum, available to be shared with all and for posterity. 

We Are Here exhibition is re-opening at the Vestry House Museum on Fridays and Saturdays in October. Book tickets via this link: https://bit.ly/30mslGV

Images from left to right:
Elleston Grant by Udall Evans
Gloria Birkett by Katherine Green
Goulbourne Maloney by Paula Smith
Irene Lockhart by Nicola Tree
Rosalind Denahy by Jo Sealy
Sylvia Joseph by Simon Warren
Winston Reid by Paul Tucker

Instagram: @weareherewf 
Visit: weareherewf.org  

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