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New Exhibitions

All of our exhibitions are free. Exhibitions at Islington Museum and Local History Centre are listed below.

Our events and children's events are listed separately and the Islington events diary also provides details of all council events. 

Dream to Change the World: the Life and Legacy of John La Rose

Friday 22 May - Saturday 29 August 2015

Venue: Islington Museum
Admission: Free
Opening times: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat 10am-5pm (closed Weds & Suns)

'Dream to change the world'. Produced by the George Padmore Institute, this exhibition draws on the past events in the multicultural history of Trinidad and its diaspora to tell the story of the life of John La Rose.

John La Rose (1927-2006) was a poet, essayist, publisher, film maker, trade unionist, cultural and political activist. He belonged to a Caribbean tradition of radical and revolutionary activism whose input has reverberated across continents. Having been involved in workers rights movements in Trinidad in the 1940s and 50s, leading up to independence from the British, La Rose settled in London and became an active member of Britain's black community in the early 1960s, founding New Beacon Books and the Caribbean Artists Movement.

The exhibition is the culminating event in the George Padmore Institute’s five-year HLF funded project to conserve, and open up to the public, the majority of John La Rose’s personal archive.

Visit our events page to view events and activities related to 'Dream to Change the World'.

Terror from the sky
First World War Air Raids on Islington

Tuesday  26 May - Saturday 19 July 2015

Venue: Islington Museum
Admission: Free
Opening times: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat 10am-5pm (closed Weds & Suns)

A 'micro-exhibition'

During the First World War Britain came under attack from the air, putting civilians in the firing line for the very first time. The aerial bombing caused widespread public outrage, fear and anger. Life on the home front became a challenging and often frightening experience. Material damage was widespread and civilians were killed in their homes, workplaces and schools. Islington and Finsbury were not to escape from these ‘terror’ attacks.

Islington suffered loss to life and damage to property from the first raid on London on 31 May 1915 (Zeppelin LZ38, pictured right) through to the last raid on the capital in October 1918. Using images and accounts of these and other local incidents, this temporary display describes air raids on Finsbury and Islington from German airships and bombers during the First World War. 

Trade

Friday 16 October 2015 - Saturday 1916 January 2016

Venue: Islington Museum
Admission: Free
Opening times: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat 10am-5pm (closed Weds & Suns)

‘Trade’ exhibition - celebrating 25 years since the opening of this iconic gay club night in Islington in 1990. 

Founded by Laurence Malice, Trade became both highly successful and influential not only on the London gay scene but also on the Dance Music scene.  Advertised as "the original all-night bender," it operated from 4am until 1pm on Sundays and was located at the renowned Islington venue, Turnmills, on Clerkenwell Road. Trade also held events around the UK and the world, as well as making appearances on TV.

Trade ended its regular Sunday slot in October 2002 but often returned to Turnmills for one off events until it finally closed its doors in 2008.  Trade has continued to 'party' at other venues around London, most recently at Egg on York Way, Islington.