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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.

Coming soon

25 October 2015 - 31 January 2016: 'Trade nightclub'. Celebrating 25 years since the opening of this iconic gay nightclub in Islington in 1990, Founded by Laurence Malice, Trade became both highly successful and influential, operating from 4am until 1pm on Sundays. The club was located at Turnmills on Clerkenwell Road and was advertised as "the original all-night bender." Its admission policy was insistent that, "you don't have to be gay or a member to get in, but your attitude and look will count." Trade ended its Sunday slot on 27 in October 2002 but later toured the world, returning to London for one off events.