I am London

Marianne Cwynarski stood in a grand room in the House of Commons
Historic England

11 July - 4 September 2016

As part of Historic England's Keep it London campaign, this exhbition inivted London to celebrated the city's history and heritage. 59 Londoners, each with a different story to tell, were photographed at a historic building or place special to them. Each person’s unique London story is bound up in the place they had chosen, showing the city’s heritage can be inspirational, provocative, frustrating, fun, familiar, humbling and home. For these Londoners, the city’s heritage is a source of pride, a reminder of their city’s past, a foundation for its present, and the building blocks for its future.

Famous Londoners, such as Professor Lord Robert Winston, AC Grayling, Caroline Criado Perez, Dorothy Bohm, Bob and Roberta Smith and Amy Lamé join “unsung Londoners” to tell their stories. Historic England chose people who bring London’s story to life and show how that story is inextricably linked to the historic places. From the longest running businesses in Smithfield, Billingsgate, Borough and Columbia Road markets and a Yeoman Warder, better known as a Beefeater, at the Tower of London to an apprentice at Anderson & Sheppard Savile Row tailors; from a 7/7 paramedic and a student at the Royal School of Needlework to one of the founders of the Notting Hill Carnival, these 59 people represent the complexity and character of London.

The photography, taken by Historic England photographer Chris Redgrave, was displayed in the Window Galleries at Central Saint Martins alongside a selection of objects the sitters chose to be photographed with. These objects represented how the person sees themselves as a Londoner, their career or they see the city itself. From Head Doorman at The Savoy Tony Cortegaca’s top hat, to volunteer lock-keeper Peigi MacKay’s windlass, and a maquette of the new Crick Institute building held by Sir Paul Nurse, the objects form a cabinet of curiosities.

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