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Exhibitions and Displays

John Pantlin: photographing the mid-century home

Tuesday 4 March - Sunday 29 June 2014.  Free.

John Pantlin photograph - (detail) from RIBA’s Robert Elwall Photographs Collection

(c) Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Library Photographs Collection

John Pantlin was a photographer who worked extensively for the architectural press in the 1950s and 1960s, recording in his pin sharp, beautifully composed images the optimistic outlook of British architectural culture of the period. This small exhibition focuses on his domestic interiors, providing an opportunity to look more closely at British post-war design. Sun-filled living rooms, people lounging on terraces and bedrooms scattered with toys are common in Pantlin’s photographic language, as his work clearly aimed to promote not only a new type of architecture but also a new aspirational lifestyle. All the images are drawn from the Robert Elwall Photographs Collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of architectural photography worldwide and part of the RIBA British Architectural Library.

Find more images by John Pantlin on www.ribapix.com

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My Haggerston Exhibition

Downstairs in the 20th century wing, Saturdays and Sundays from 22 March to 13 April 2014

Did you know that Haggerston produced one of the first Nobel Prize winners or that Michael Jackson once came to Haggerston Park in a helicopter?

This small display by Hackney staff, volunteers and local people takes a look at the history of Haggerston and what makes it a special place to live today. As part of our Celebrating Haggerston event this spring, there will be a special programme of walks and culture trails led by local historians.


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