A new photo exhibition is uncovering historical and contemporary stories in England’s Black and Asian heritage, writes Laura Burgoine…

Human Stories: Another England opens at Greenwich Peninsula’s Now Gallery on October 10. The third exhibition in a series, this exhibition shows photographs and research generated by Historic England’s Another England: Mapping 100 Years of Black and Asian History.

Created by Kaia Charles, Human Stories is a series of annual photographic displays that encourages a dialogue on modern life and the human scale. By engaging with modern and progressive communities, artists, photographers, historians, filmmakers, writers and thinkers, Human Stories translates these messages into compelling visual displays.

Another England, co-curated by Kaia and Tamsin Silvey from Historic England, weaves together common threads of love, life and social shifts in modern English history, presenting a series of new photographic commissions that reflect multicultural heritage.

The kitchens at Wheelers Sovereign Restaurant Mayfair.
Photo: Copyright Historic England

Archival imagery from photo agencies Getty Images, Magnum Photos, and Autograph give an insight into the origins of diasporic migration, religion, home and working life, as well as unpicking embedded racism that many were exposed to in the last century. Rare and little before seen photography and ephemera have been made available exclusively to Now Gallery through partnerships with collectors, archives and picture libraries.

Cultural Projects Manager of Now Gallery and Greenwich Peninsula, Kaia Charles, said Another England signifies stories and images underrepresented in England’s collective history. “Whilst celebrating multiculturalism, we aspire to provoke open and honest dialogue about the portrayal of Black and Asian heritage in this country over the last century” Kaia said.

Another England was launched by Historic England to map the past 100 years of the nation’s history from a Black and Asian perspective. Programme Curator at Historic England, Tamsin Silvey, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Now Gallery…to showcase pictures that have been shared with us by people across the country, and tell us about the places where they lived, worked and socialised – and their experiences of England.”

Human Stories: Another England is at the Now Gallery, the Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, SE10 0SQ, from October 10–November 11. Admission: free.
Phone: 020 3770 2212.