The Armenian world was shattered by the 1915 genocide. Not only were hundreds of thousands of lives lost but entire families across multiple generations were permanently forced from their homes. The narrative threads that connected them to their own past and homelands were often severed forever. Many have been left with only fragments of their family histories: a story of survival passed on by a grandparent who survived or, if lucky, an old photograph of a distant, silent, ancestor. By contrast the Dildilian family chose to speak. Two generations gave voice to their experience in lengthy written memoirs, in diaries and letters, and – most unusually for the time – in photographs and drawings.
The exhibition will be open from 8 October 2015 to 24 March 2016. Opening times are 10am-5pm Monday to Friday, and until 7.30pm on Tuesdays. Admission is free.