The Lost and Found Poles: Photographs by Jan Markiewicz

Back from holiday and lots of interesting events to write about.
Sadly I missed this exhibition at the Polish Library and Archive.

The images in the exhibition date from the late 1940s and were taken by photographer Jan Markiewicz. They cover portraits, community and cultural events, family groups, days out, religious ceremonies and important occasions including gatherings of the Polish government in exile which was based in London.
300 of 3,000 images are on display which were found in a skip around 10 years ago, which only goes to show just how fragile much community heritage is. Interestingly, curator Nicole Tattersall invited members of the Polish community to come and identify people and share memories. This apparently proved very successful, to the extent that she had to advertise at the last minute for Polish-speaking to record the recollections of visitors to the gallery.

The exhibition is a good example of how archive material can act to bring a community together, and also of the extent to which there is no substitute for the expertise and knowledge that resides within the community.

Bizarrely, the most comprehensive review of the exhibition I could find was in the Church Times. These wonderful images are reproduced from that article.



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