Show your face to the world, share your story with Magnum!

In our journeys around King’s Cross and the surrounding area, we’ve discovered some other exciting projects that are happening there. We were particularly interested to hear that Magnum Photos is about to embark on Live Labs right on our doorstep.

In celebration of its 70th anniversary, Magnum Photos, in collaboration with the Museum of London, will be documenting life in and around Clerkenwell and King’s Cross as part of a live exhibition at the Magnum Print Room in Gee Street from May 8-21.

One of the photographers – Olivia Arthur – will be exploring the area’s rich history as a place of hope for people seeking new lives.  It’s a theme that fits well with the Story Palace theme of communities migrating to the King’s Cross Area.

We’ll be collaborating with Olivia to find and showcase stories across our combined platforms. Magnum would love to hear from anyone whose connection with Clerkenwell is the result of conflict, persecution or economic aspiration.

Participation would involve sharing your story and having your portrait taken by Olivia Arthur. In return you will receive a beautiful print to cherish.  They are particularly interested in meeting people who came to the UK as a result of World War Two or any of the conflicts that have raged to the present day. If you or anyone you know would like to participate in this exploration of modern history and the people who make Clerkenwell the vibrant hub of creativity it is today, please get in touch with Anna at Magnum on

Have a listen to one of the Kings Cross Story Palace storytellers talking about the changing communities of Bloomsbury and how they wove influences from around the world into the annual King’s Cross County Fair here


Olivia Arthur A ‘hen party’ on a Saturday night in the streets on Brighton. United Kingdom, 2016. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos