Ruins in the Archive - exhibition opening

THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER 18.00–20.00

The opening of an exhibition of archival documents from The Warburg Institute and the BSR. On display are photographs Helmut Gernsheim made of important London monuments for the National Buildings Record to document them in case of their destruction during World War II, and John Bryan Ward-Perkins photographs of war damaged Italian buildings and monuments, also taken during World War II.

Monday–Friday, 16.00–19.30, until 27 November.

Click here for information on the associated one-day colloquium


The exhibition, Ruins in the Archive, will be open during the associated conference and will be a reference for the proceedings. On display are photographs Helmut Gernsheim made of important London monuments for the National Buildings Record to document them in case of their destruction during World War II, and John Bryan Ward-Perkins photographs of war damaged Italian buildings and monuments, also taken during World War II. The material respectively represents holdings from the Photographic Collections of the Warburg Institute and the British School at Rome. This motif of documentary response to the threat of destruction and actual damage closely relates to the aim of A vision for Europe; to explore historical examples of academic responses to archives as well as through archives in times of crisis and also to look to the future and ask the question of how academic communities can be effective in our times?