Coming soon: Edward Alleyn’s Gift at Dulwich Picture Gallery

23 May 2019

An exhibition curated by The Dulwich Estate and charting 400 years of local history opens next month at Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Date: June 22 – September 29
Location: The Linbury Room, Dulwich Picture Gallery, SE21 7AD
Time: 10am-5pm
Free Entry

Edward Alleyn’s Gift - celebrating 400 years of Dulwich history 1619-2019 brings to life the work of Alleyn, his connection with Dulwich dating back to 1605, his work to establish a charitable foundation called The College of God’s Gift and his role in shaping Dulwich as it is today.

Spanning four centuries, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey of change. From the area’s rural beginnings, it follows Alleyn’s construction of a chapel, almshouse and school and the evolution of this foundation to the institutions as they are today.

It considers the impact of war and post-war planning policies and architect Russell Vernon’s influence on local housing design.

A short film by Simon Puriņš, who worked with the Dulwich Almshouse Charity and Alleyn’s School, will form part of the exhibition.

Visitors will be invited to comment on their favourite local places, through an interactive map.

The exhibition, which is free of charge, is one of three anniversary initiatives created by The Dulwich Estate in collaboration with the local community.

Nicola Meredith, Chairman of Trustees of The Dulwich Estate, said:

“We are marking the 400th anniversary of Edward Alleyn’s original foundation, with a series of initiatives open to everyone. Dulwich has a remarkable history and we hope our exhibition brings this to life and has something of interest for all ages. As part of our 400th anniversary celebrations, we are creating a heritage trail through the Estate and an apple orchard in the heart of Dulwich Village, which will provide an enduring legacy for all to enjoy for many years to come.”