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  • Emelia Kenlock


In 2018, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the Kenlock Archive a grant to do the Expectations Project, which aimed to increase public access to Neil’s photographs of black British community leaders in the 1960s and 1970s.

The project was managed by creative director and curator Emelia Kenlock, who produced a touring exhibition supported by a wider exhibition programme.

Many years later the project still has a huge impact on communities across the UK and beyond. Thank you to all the National Lottery players who helped make the project possible!

Project activities:

  • Training 22 students/unemployed 18-24 year-old volunteers from the African and Caribbean community

  • The training from archive visits, research for volunteers

  • The documented video and audio histories

  • Content from the 14 public events

  • Live Google 360 interactive archive exhibition tour

  • Free downloadable Educational leaflets and materials resources

  • Wikipedia Edit-a-thon content

  • A Expectations book

  • Media coverage and a social media content

Project partners and collaborators included:

  • The Tate

  • National Portrait Gallery

  • Black Cultural Archives

  • Black History Walks

  • Islington Council

Visit our Project page website for more information.


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