|| ‘Archives show us and future generations how we came to be what we are as a nation, as a community or as an individual. They offer up secrets about our past and are a wonderful learning tool...’ Dame Stella Rimington, DCB, Former Director General of MI5
The Whitechapel’s century-old Archive traces some of the most important artistic developments in national and world culture.
Known as ‘the university of the ghetto’, the old Library building was once the centre of intellectual life for Whitechapel’s Jewish and working class populations, including the poet Isaac Rosenberg, artists David Bomberg, Jacob Epstein and Mark Gertler. It has continued to play a central role in the cultural life of the East End and all its diverse communities.
The Archive Collection Gallery will showcase:
- highlights of the Whitechapel Archive
- key works of art related to its exhibition history
- documents charting the cultural histories of London’s East End
- guest archives from other museums and communities, ranging from treasures from the Getty or Tate archives, to the cultural records of early 20th century Jewish settlers or a contemporary Bengali diaspora
The adjacent Archive Research Room will offer public access to the Whitechapel Archives 100 years of materials including:
- rare documents
- artists’ letters
- graphic works
- press records
- exhibition plans and installations
- recordings on tape and video of artists, critics and curators
This prestigious space offers important opportunities for naming rights. Members of the public can also ‘Sponsor a Year’ selecting a historically or personally significant moment from across the century to name as their own.
For more information about these opportunities and the benefits of involvement please contact the Development Team
Call+44(0)20 7522 7870
The Whitechapel Art Gallery is a registered charity number 312162 and has 501 (c)(3) charitable status in the USA.