Gibberd Gallery to celebrate life of Leah Manning

JOIN The Gibberd Gallery team on Friday 19th of October at 6pm to explore the work of Leah Manning, the influential educationalist, social reformer and Harlow MP from 1945 to 1950.

Artist and researcher Elena Cologni, social historian Peter Cunningham and historian of science Melanie Keene will look at Manning’s role in providing ‘global care’, including supporting the evacuation of 3800 children out of war-torn Spain in 1937.

Manning’s remarkable example has informed the archive exhibition and site responsive installation ‘CARE from periphery to centre’ at Homerton College, University of Cambridge where Manning was a student. This project was developed by Cologni in collaboration with the 250 Archive Working Group, with archivist Svetlana Paterson. Through exhibitions, events and original research, the group aims to draw attention to undervalued practices of care in domestic, social and political contexts.

Book your place by clicking below, or let them know you’re coming by phone on 01279446404 or email

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