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'Where I Come From' Photography Exhibition at Cumberland Lodge


Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 2HP

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Bill Knight's 'Where I Come From' Photography Exhibition at Cumberland Lodge


A new photography exhibition has been installed at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park, highlighting the lives of people who have moved to Britain from around the world.

'Where I Come From' is a collection by portrait photographer Bill Knight, who was assisted by Amelia Odida.

The images depict the children of a generation of immigrants who came to Britain in search of a better life, for themselves and their families, and the contributions they have since made to society.

Alongside each portrait is a story of how and why the family came to Britain, the life they left behind and the ones they have established in the UK.

Public open mornings

‘Where I Come From’ will be open to the public on the following Saturday mornings from 10am until 12.30pm:

  • Saturday 11 November 2017
  • Saturday 18 November 2017
  • Saturday 16 December 2017
  • Saturday 6 January 2018
  • Saturday 20 January 2018
  • Saturday 27 January 2018.

Admission is free and there is ample parking on site. There is no need to book in advance.


The exhibition is part of the ‘Freedom’ series of conferences, seminars, lectures, retreats and related events for the local community, hosted by Cumberland Lodge for the 2017/18 academic year.

It came about through Bill’s involvement with Rare Recruitment, which supports talented young people from under-represented ethnic backgrounds in applying to university and for sought-after jobs after graduating.

Meeting candidates on the Rare Recruitment programme gave Bill the idea of taking photographs that would capture their families’ journeys.

The resulting collection features young people from a wide range of backgrounds, pictured with their parents or the people who have most influenced them in life. It highlights how life in the UK has helped them to flourish and use their education and skills to give back to the society they have become a part of.

Today they are working in fields ranging from law, banking and accountancy to teaching, acting, consultancy, civil service and academia.

'Optimistic exhibition for a pessimistic time'

Bill said: 'Sometimes a smile hides a story of hardship, or the search for equal opportunity and belonging. These parents now watch as their children take advantage of the opportunities denied to them.

'These young men and women are changing Britain, just as Britain has changed their families. What happens next? The pictures don't say, but this is an optimistic exhibition for a pessimistic time.'

Bill's previous exhibition, 'The Refugee's Gift', came to Cumberland Lodge in Spring 2015 and was shown at the St Martin-in-the-Fields gallery in London’s Trafalgar Square and other locations, including St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in 2016.

‘Vanessa and Vivian’, one of the images from that exhibition, is now part of the Royal Portrait Gallery collection and was a prize-winner at the Portrait of Britain competition in 2016.

Cumberland Lodge is a 17th century, former royal residence, home to an educational foundation for the last 70 years and available to hire for conferences, meetings and special events. It is located in Windsor Great Park, close to Royal Lodge, Guards Polo Club, and the Bishop’s Gate entrance in Englefield Green.

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