Press Coverage - Islington Tribune
Museum’s radically different exhibition
3rd July 2009
CENTURIES of struggle and radicalism in Islington are being brought to life in a new free exhibition with a revolutionary edge.
“Radical Roots”, which has opened at Islington Museum, showcases art inspired by protesters and trailblazers who lived or were based in the borough.
Work includes a radio programme inspired by the women’s suffrage movement, and digital art inspired by the famous CND badge.
It also features music inspired by the life of Samuel Crowther, who lived in Islington and in 1864 became the first black Anglican bishop.
All the art was made by young people aged 13-19 who worked with the museum and award-winning local media college Point Blank in workshops funded with a £23,200 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as part of the Islington Inspires project.
Councillor Ruth Polling, Islington’s Executive Member for Leisure and Equalities, said: “Islington has always been a hotbed for radicals of all sorts, and this great exhibition at Islington Museum takes a fresh look at that history.”
Jo Reilly, Head of Participation and Learning at the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “The young people involved have worked really hard to explore the rich history of their local area and produce an exciting and thought-provoking exhibition.”
The museum is open every day from 10am-5pm except for Wednesday and Sunday and the exhibition runs until September 6.