Rights of Passage: A Century of People Power


27 September 2016 – 25 March 2017

‘…to know the future we must know the past and present…’ Walter Rodney

A new archive display that delves into the collection to reveal the narratives of resistance and change from 1900 to post-Brexit Britain. Rights of Passage will trace the agents of change and political voices to reveal how current conversations reverberates with societal conversations of the past.

Hearing from historical voices through the ages, including 1919 race riots, first generation settlers in the late 1940s to the recent EU referendum, we can re-examine how identities are often shaped by the political landscape. Use of language in speeches, legislation, and forms of expression give clues to the temperament of the time and changing attitudes.

Working with the Runnymede Trust we will provide a meaningful contribution to current research and open up dialogue about the role and rights of citizens, and poses the big question: how do you choose to exercise your own political agency?

Rights of Passage is an archival display that promotes the importance, value and relevancy of archives to understand the past and present in order cement a progressive future.

Free admission

Opening times: Tues-Sat, 10am – 5.30pm (last entry)
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