Everything Was Moving
This exhibition at the Barbican in London covers a period of immense political upheaval. It offers inspiring images captured by a range of renowned photographers from across the globe. It brings together over 400 works, many rarely seen and a number of them never seen before in Britain.
Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s runs until 13 January. Go to www.barbican.org.uk.
The Good Neighbour
Battersea Arts Centre in south London is hosting a series of theatre productions that delve into the political history of the area. They look at local events from the 1889 London dock strike to the 2011 riots from the point of view of local people.
For children, the experience offers discoveries through a chain of interactive environments. As they go, they meet characters with their own stories to tell. These journeys will explore the Battersea Art Centre building, and include a theatrical procession around the surrounding streets.
The plays start on 13 October. Go to www.bac.org.uk.
At the turn of the century, domestic workers made up a huge part of the working class. Some 1.5 million people worked as servants.
These workers have recently been portrayed in period dramas such as ITV’s Downton Abbey. These show an almost familial, harmonious bond between domestic workers and their bosses.
In contrast, this programme looks at the real historical lives of servants, to uncover the reality of class relations in this period. It sets out to expose the ideology that the Victorian establishment used to create its ideal of the loyal, doting servant.
Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs presented by Dr Pamela Cox starts on 28 September on BBC Two at 9pm.