Destination UK

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Destination UK – Women Immigrants from Post-War Austria

  • 26 Nov 2013 — 14 Feb 2014


This photographic exhibition chronicles and highlights the life stories of Austrian women who immigrated to Britain after the Second World War. Austrian photographer Marion Trestler travelled across the UK recording the experiences of these women in a series of interviews and photographs. The engaging and intimate portraits capture the quiet spirit and dignity of these adventurous women.

An accompanying book examines their reasons for leaving Austria, how they adapted to a new life, a new language, new customs in the UK, and the reaction to their arrival by post-war British society. Destination UK is an unusual and timely collection of works which addresses social, political and psychological dimensions of female migration.

Listen to a discussion about the exhibition & book on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour from 21 November!

The book can be purchased at Primrose Hill Books or at

Accompanying events:

Wednesday 11 December 2013, 7pm
The London Diaries

The experiences of three women arriving in London decades apart are explored through readings of their personal diaries.

Wednesday 15 January 2014, 7pm
Female migration from Austria after the Second World War

Professor Jill Lewis (Swansea University) examines the historical and social context of the exhibition.

Susanne Bittner

Austrian Cultural Forum London

28 Rutland Gate
London SW7 1PQ


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