Refugee's Gift at National Gallery and Cumberland Lodge - Refugee Council
March 23, 2015

Refugee’s Gift at National Gallery and Cumberland Lodge

We are excited and proud that one of the photographs from the ‘Refugee’s Gift’, is now on display at the National Portrait Gallery. The photo of Elsbeth R. Juda, taken by Bill Knight, is on permanent display as part of the Gallery’s collection.

At the time of the photo being taken, Elsbeth Juda was 102. She came to London from Darmstadt in Germany in 1933, with her husband Hans and his violin. Hans became founding publisher and editor of The Ambassador, The British Export Magazine, and Elsbeth was associate editor and fashion photographer. She also worked for Vogue and other fashion magazines as a freelance photographer.

The collection as a whole can be seen currently at Cumberland Lodge, until June. If you are in the area, you should take the opportunity to see the full collection to see the wonderful personal photographs and stories behind the photos.

It will be open to the public on the following dates; Saturday 28th March, Saturday 18th April, Saturday 2nd May & Saturday 6th June
Open Saturdays:  10.00am – 12.30pm

Refugee’s Gift, is an collection of 40 photographs by Bill Knight, taken for the Refugee Council show refugees and the contribution they make to life in the United Kingdom. Here are people who have escaped from persecution and who have benefited from our long tradition of offering asylum. They may have arrived recently from conflicts in Syria, Eritrea, or Somalia, or sought safety decades ago from Hitler’s Germany. Men and women, young and old, rich and poor, most arrived with few material possessions – but they all came with an unstoppable determination to make a new life. You can see all the photos from the collection  on our Flickr page.