Trailing Henry Tate Modern Project community event 2011

Trailing Henry Celebration
Courtesy: Helen Walker and Harun Morrison

Trailing Henry was a community project that explored the philanthropic legacy of Sir Henry Tate. Artist collective They Are Here, led by artists Harun Morrison and Helen Walker, placed golden tickets in books for visitors of Brixton Library to find. Ticket holders had the chance to be part of several day trips that explored the life of Henry Tate – drawing connections between his life, work and society at the time. 

The first day began at Brixton Library, outside which stands a bust of Henry Tate. From there, the group also visited Tate Britain to see artworks from Henry Tate’s original collection that still hang in the gallery today, as well as having a tour of the Tate Britain library and archives.   

The group also got the opportunity to visit Henry Tate’s old house in Streatham, ‘Henry Tate Mews’, went to visit the Tate family mausoleum in West Norwood Cemetery and finally to visit the Tate and Lyle Thames Refinery in Silvertown. 

More information about Trailing Henry can be found on the Trailing Henry Blog.