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Hidden Southwark pictures reveal Walworth’s historic side

Published Monday, 23 May 2011

A new exhibition of Southwark art work and historic photographs, some not seen for over 25 years, are to go on show this week at the Cuming Museum.

The 196 works of art and photographs form a new exhibition at the Walworth Road museum entitled "Pictures, Places, People: Elephant to Camberwell". 

The exhibition charts the historic changes in the busy stretch of the borough between Elephant and Castle and Camberwell.  

Cllr Veronica Ward, cabinet member for culture, leisure, sport and the Olympics at Southwark Council, said:  

"Following the huge public interest in our previous exhibition of archived artwork, Lost Southwark, we've delved further into our collections to produce this exhibition. The Walworth area is currently undergoing massive regeneration, so this show and the events that go with it are really timely. I'd urge everyone to take a look."  

The exhibition includes images of buildings now lost to development or re-used in different ways and street scenes showing long-gone shops and transport. Stories of local residents are central to the exhibition which has been developed with groups from Blackfriars Settlement, InSpire, Southwark Pensioners' Centre and Pembroke House.  

Background information

The exhibition opens on Saturday 28 May and runs until 29 October 2011. There is an events programme associated including films, walks, talks and family art workshops. 

The exhibition showcases paintings, prints and photographs drawn from the Southwark Art Collection and Southward Archives collections, many of which have not been on public display for some time. Works by significant artists are included, including Grace Golden, Dorothy Mills, David Rose, Guy Miller and Picture Post photographer Bert Hardy.

Events programme

Saturday 11 June, 11am to 1pm              Walworth through time guided walk

From street markets to shops, houses to historic buildings, join Mark Baxter and Darren Lock, authors of Walworth Through Time, on a walk around this fascinating part of South London.

 Thursday 16 June. 6.30pm to 8.00pm                      The Story of Clubland

A screening of a new documentary Clubland, telling the story of the creation of the Walworth based youth club, its founder and the celebrities that attended. Introduced by the film's producer, journalist Michael Holland.  

Saturday 9 July, 11am to 1pm                                      Walworth through time guided walk

From street markets to shops, houses to historic buildings, join Mark Baxter and Darren Lock, authors of Walworth Through Time, on a walk around this fascinating part of South London.

Saturday 23 July, 10am to 4pm         Art Explosion open day, part of the Olympic Open Weekend

Launching the summer with an event packed full of art and craft and a chance to see the work completed by local primary schools as part of our new art project.

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