New exhibition set to visit Pram Town

Communities / Sat 5th Nov 2022 at 07:42am

‘PRAM Town Revisited’ is the first solo exhibition for award winning filmmaker and photographer Damilola Lemomu. It opens on Saturday 5 November at the Gibberd Gallery, Harlow.

The Harlow we know today resulted from the Town and Country Planning Act of 1946 which sought to build a number of new towns around London to mitigate the housing crisis that took place after the Second World War, when thousands of families lost their homes. Young families made up a large amount of the demographic that moved to Harlow, at one point 20 percent of Harlow’s population was under 5, earning the town the nickname “Pram Town”. 

Pram Town Revisited reviews reasons for migration to Harlow over a 75 year period, starting in 1947 when Harlow was designated a New Town. Providing an audiovisual dive into the lives, memories and opinions of various residents the exhibition features archive material, film, photography and oral history recordings along with a commissioned poem by Gboyega Odubanjo. Gboyega is winner of the 2021 Michael Marks Poetry Award. Archive material featured in the exhibition has been sourced with generous support from Essex Record Office and Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens.

Visitors to the exhibition, who have a connection with Harlow, are invited to bring with them a photograph that speaks of their memories of the town. These will be added to a growing display over the length of the show.

There is a free Public workshop programme:

‘Storytelling through Film and Photography’ led by Damilola Lemomu

12 November 2022, 12.30pm until 2.00pm

‘Interactive Storytelling’ with Efua Sey Koi-Larbi

19 November 2022, 12.30pm until 2.00pm

Bookings can be made via eventbrite.

For more information contact Catherine Mummery [email protected] 

Damilola Lemomu  Pram Town Revisited at the Gibberd Gallery, Harlow 

05 November – 03 December 2022, Free admission

Opening Hours:Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm Sundays, closed

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1 Comment for New exhibition set to visit Pram Town:

2022-11-05 17:40:39

Please note that due to some technical issues we are sorry to announce that 'Pram Town Revisited' will not be open on Monday7- Friday 11 November. We look forward to the reopening on Saturday 12 November from 11am-4pm. Private View is 2pm-4pm All welcome

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