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150 Years of the Salvation Army

In 1865, William Booth and his wife Catherine founded the East London Christian Mission, an evangelical and charitable organisation that soon after became the Salvation Army. Offering a practical approach to religion, characterised by their many forms of social work and visible community presence, the Salvation Army evolved into a successful international organisation and 150 years later is also one of the greatest providers of humanitarian aid. To mark this anniversary, this slide-show includes key photographs of the Salvation Army’s founder and subsequent generations of leaders from its history.

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Discover our BP Next Generation short films made by artists. Follow step by step guides in drawing and painting techniques.

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Hold Still

Hold Still photography workshop

Reflect on your own experiences of lockdown through this easy-to-do from home, photographic exercise. 

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Draw Like a Renaissance Master

Revisit The Encounter exhibition and learn about Renaissance and Baroque drawing methods and materials.

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