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UCL SSEES Library Projects: Frank Carter project


The UCL geographer Frank Carter captured the turbulent times in Czechoslovakia during his research trip to Prague and Pilsen. At that time, on the night of 20-21 August, thousands of Warsaw Pact troops and tanks invaded the country to halt pro-liberalisation reforms. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring as well as the European Year of Cultural Heritage, Frank Carter's collection has been digitised and made available in the UCL Digital Collections repository. 


Following the digitisation, UCL SSEES Library curated the exhibition 'The Prague Spring through the Lens of Frank Carter'.

The event was introduced by the UCL SSEES Director Professor Diane Koenker, followed by the remarks from the Ambassador of Slovakia to the UK, Ľubomír Rehák and Hugh Clout, a trustee of the Frank Carter Postgraduate Prize Fund. 

The Embassy of Slovakia in London contributed by adding the Slovak angle to the exhibition 'The Story of an Image: Bare-Chested Man in front of a Tank' showcasing iconic photograph of Emil Gallo, a plumber from Slovakia who made an emotional gesture to protest the occupation outside the Comenius University in Bratislava.


Project partners: 

The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in London

Frank Carter Postgraduate Prize Fund

UCL Festival of Culture

UCL Library Services