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The Partisan Coffee House

Roger Mayne Archive / Mary Evans Picture Library

This recent exhibition explored the fascinating story of the Partisan Coffee House, founded by radical historian Raphael Samuel, cultural theorist Stuart Hall and others. It included unseen photographs by Roger Mayne, with designs by graphic artist Germano Facetti and letterpress printer Desmond Jeffery, archive material and film clips.

5-27 May 2017 (Free: open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm)
Gallery talks Fridays & Saturdays book here

Exhibition events

Thursday 11 May, 6.30pm - Partisan Coffee House: an 'anti-espresso bar'. An evening of discussion and debate on the cultural politics of the early New Left, with historians Madeleine Davis, Nick Beech and Mike Berlin. Book here

Saturday 20 May, 6.30pm - The Partisan Coffee House: an evening of music, song, poems & celebration. Join legendary poet and musician Michael Horovitz, with performer Vanessa Vie, in a musical-poetic invocation of the Partisan Coffee House. Also appearing is Giles Leaman, sound artist, formerly of the Penguin Café Orchestra. Book here

Tuesday 23 May, 6.30pm - The photography of Roger Mayne. The work of iconic British photographer Roger Mayne discussed by Anna Douglas, curator of the current major retrospective at The Photographers Gallery, in conversation with Ian Walker, Emeritus Professor, University of South Wales Book here

The exhibition is generously supported by the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust, Laurie McDowell, Birkbeck, University of London, in partnership with Bishopsgate Institute, and Raphael Samuel History Centre.

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