Brick Lane 1978: The Turning Point

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Date(s) - 10/06/2022 - 10/09/2022
11:00 am - 6:00 pm


Four Corners and the Swadhinata Trust are delighted to present an exhibition of photographs by Paul Trevor, celebrating east London’s Bengali activists of 1978.


Brick Lane 1978: The Turning Point – 10 June – 10 September
Free Entry | No booking required


Image by Paul Trevor. Outside Bethnal Green police station, London, 17 July 1978.
Sit down protest, demanding the release of two arrested demonstrators.

This exhibition reveals the dramatic events which were sparked by the racist murder of Altab Ali, a 24-year-old Bengali leather garments worker, and pays tribute to the activists who mobilised around the rallying cry of justice that followed.

Local East End photographer Paul Trevor documented how members of the local Bengali community endured racial abuse as a constant factor of everyday life, and the moment at which they mobilised against racist violence and institutional police racism.  The exhibition brings together 75 of Trevor’s photographs for the first time, alongside oral history recordings by original activists.

The show marks the culmination of a major heritage project led by Four Corners and Swadhinata Trust, in partnership with Paul Trevor. With the help of volunteers and original activists, the project is creating a record of this watershed moment as told by local people. The exhibition, alongside project oral history interviews, short films and podcasts, will be available as a touring show, and will be lodged at the Bishopsgate Institute Archives.

Press Release


Brick Lane 1978: The Turning Point is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund

The Swadhinata Trust is a London based secular Bengali community group that works to promote Bengali history and heritage amongst young people. The organisation has been operating since November 2000, offering workshops, exhibitions and educational literature to young Bengalis in schools, colleges, youth clubs and community centres.

Paul Trevor is a photographer and was a founder member of the Half Moon Photography Workshop and its magazine Camerawork.

Gallery hours:
Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 6pm / Closed on Mondays and Sundays

*Please note: Gallery opening times may vary. Please check exhibition details when planning your visit.