Dashkova Centre

Revolution on Display: 1917 at the British Library

As part of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the British Library is staging a major exhibition in the Paccar Gallery (28 April -29 August 2017). This exhibition will re-examine the Russian Revolution in light of recent research, focusing on the experiences of ordinary Russians living through extraordinary times. The story will be told through posters, maps, postcards, letters, newspapers, and ephemera; from a luxury souvenir album of the Tsar’s coronation to propaganda wallpaper hand-painted by women factory workers. Original photographs and their reproductions, historical and new recordings and film are displayed alongside 3D items on loan from other institutions.

The talk will examine the process of creating a modern multi-media exhibition for a general audience based on the research collections of the British Library with its highlights that include the Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams collection and archive, various poster collections, newspapers and ephemera. The talk will explore the tension between telling the story and its visual representation and raise questions of contemporary curatorship of permanent and mainly text-based collections and temporary exhibitions.

Red Army poster

Revolution on Display: 1917 at the British Library

Dr Rogatchevskaia gives a virtual tour of this modern multi-media exhibition based on the research collections of the British Library. The talk will also explore the tension between telling the story and its visual representation and raise questions of contemporary curatorship of permanent and mainly text-based collections and temporary exhibitions.

Princess Dashkova Centre
19 Buccleuch Place
Edinburgh
EH8 9LN