THE CITY of dreaming spires is about to undergo a revolutionary upheaval, with the opening of the exhibition Lenin: Leader of the Russian Revolution at Oxford’s North Wall Arts Centre on November 8.
It brings together over 70 rare photographs and other Lenin-related material, drawn from the extensive and largely unseen archive of the Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS).
Most of the photographs will be shown publicly for the first time in the free exhibition, which traces the years from Lenin’s childhood, his early political commitment as a theorist and activist during his years in exile, along with an exploration of the social deprivations and conditions which led to the proletarian uprising.
Prominence is given to the role of the people in the struggle against tsarist rule, the February revolution that led to the abdication of Nicholas II and the events leading up to the October revolution.
Presenting Lenin as strategist, political theorist and a man close to the people, the exhibition also highlights the socio-political changes after the revolution such as industrialisation, the reorganisation of peasant life and Lenin’s links with great cultural figures of the day through archive photography, artworks, graphic imagery and film stills.
Lenin: Leader of the Russian Revolution runs from November 8-18 at The North Wall Arts Centre, St Edward’s School, South Parade, Oxford. Opening times: thenorthwall.com