Look Back in Anger


Protest has brought about vital change for centuries.

But why did the defiant Diggers take up their pitch forks and occupy St. George's Hill? Who were the rebellious female Suffragettes who set fire to Hurst Park racecourse? What pushed Thames Ditton residents to war in the 1960s in the 'Battle of Ditton'? And how have local protests been mocked and mimicked in popular culture since the turn of the 20th Century?

In this exhibition - part of our 'Diggers of Elmbridge' project - you will gain a glimpse into the root causes of a variety of local campaigns, and examine the war of words and defiant deeds of activists across the ages.

You can explore some of these themes in more detail in the Look Back In Anger online exhibition