Islington museum

Current exhibitions

Find out about our latest free exhibitions and displays

Making the Invisible Visible

Celebrating Islington's LGBTQ+ heritage

An exhibition uncovering newly archived stories from Islington's rich and varied LGBTQ+ history and the ‘Islington’s Pride’ project archive.

Dates: 1 February – 30 March 2019

Opening times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10am to 5pm.
Wednesday and Sunday (and 23 December to 3 January): closed

Admission: Free

Venue: Islington Museum - Information on visiting the venue

‘Making the Invisible Visible’ has emerged from the recently created ‘Islington’s Pride’ project archive held at Islington Local History Centre. This two-year Heritage Lottery Funded project aims to collect, celebrate and share the pioneering and extensive history of LGBTQ+ heritage in Islington. This free exhibition explores LGBTQ+ histories, stories and events that the project has uncovered during its first year of work.

‘Making the Invisible Visible’, however, presents and shares more than just newly archived heritage. It also aims to show the variety and breadth of voice of activists and campaigners working in Islington, both past and present.

Through a variety of medium including art, archive, personal stories and mapping you can find out more about the history that surrounds us. Come and witness some of the well-known and less well-known LGBTQ+ stories that make Islington proud.

Part of LGBT History Month 2019.


Mapping Islington

Historic maps and plans of Islington (1553-1894)

Dates: 1 April – 31 May 2019

Opening times: Monday – Friday: 9.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. Saturday: 13 April and 11 May (only) 9.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. Sun and public holidays: Closed

Admission: Free

Venue: Islington Local History Centre - Information on visiting the venue

Examine the fascinating development and changes that have shaped the character and identity of Islington at our ‘Mapping Islington’ exhibition. The exhibition highlights selected reproductions of maps from the archives, illustrating the topographical history of Islington from 16th-century rural village to an urban Victorian district.

Mapping Islington

Inspiring Islington

A photo exhibition about Islington Faces

Dates: 5 April toi 3 June 2019

Opening times: Monday - Saturday: 10am to 5pm

Wednesday and Sunday (and public holidays): Closed

Admission: Free

Venue: Islington Museum - Information on visiting the venue

An exhibition where everyone has a story to tell about their connection to Islington, revealing the power of place to create a life of incident and memory.

With photographs by Kimi Gill, the exhibition is inspired by the Islington Faces blog set up by Nicola Baird in 2012, which now features over 300 interviews with people who live or work in Islington.

‘Inspiring Islington’ is accompanied by a programme of events and activities. To find out more, and to book, visit Islington Faces.

Inspiring Islington

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