The Gift of Time

gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London

Event location:
Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street Southwark SE1 9PH
When:Event passed!
It was on
Wed 31st Oct 2018 to
Mon 5th Nov 2018

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Where:gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH
Map:Map & Nearby
Times:11am – 6pm Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, 2pm-6pm Thursday 11am – 1pm on Monday
Admission:Free, no pre-booking required

About the event

A new photography exhibition starting on Wednesday 31 October 2018 at London’s Oxo Tower will tell the surprising story of 80 years of voluntary service in Britain.

The Gift of Time is being held to mark the 80th anniversary of one of the largest volunteering organisations in British history, Royal Voluntary Service.

On display will be original, never seen before photography and archive images capturing the spirit of voluntary service over the last eight decades. Fascinating images from Royal Voluntary Service’s archive (one of the largest charity archives in the UK and recognised by UNESCO as one of the most important collections in the UK, particularly for women’s history) will tell the story of how the charity’s volunteers, or the ‘women in green’ as they were once known, started out by helping civilians during World War Two from billeting children to supporting during air raids.

And bringing it up to date, celebrity photographer, Nicky Johnston will be displaying a set of original portraits produced to depict today’s volunteers in action. More used to shooting A Listers such as Julie Walters, Justin Bieber, Joanna Lumley and Judi Dench for glossy magazines, Nicky’s portraits celebrate the ordinary men and women who give so generously of their time to help others. The shoot took him all over the country to meet with Royal Voluntary Service volunteers at lunch clubs, in hospitals and even in a Shed.

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