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In the twentieth century some states attempted to destroy the lives of religious ‘others’. But a paradoxical thing happened – testimonies, personal items, community photographs and the ephemera of religious life were preserved by the very state institutions whose role it was to delete them.

The Hidden Galleries project, funded by the European Research Council, uncovers that which was hidden twice over – first by the religious groups who were forced ‘underground’, and second, by the secret police who found them and enclosed them in their archives. The project re-examines and re-contextualises the holdings of secret police archives in Romania, the Republic of Moldova and Hungary.


By approaching religion as a creative underground space.


By conducting ethnography in the archives.


By reconnecting communities with lost cultural patrimony.


By engaging publics through participatory exhibitions in questions of openness, secrecy and invisibility in contemporary society.

The project website, as well as presenting the activities and publications of the project team, hosts a Digital Archive with sample materials held in various secret police archival repositories. The website will also host an Online Exhibition of the project’s findings.

Enter Digital Archive




Hey!! Exhibition opening next week in London @wienerlibrary
"We Are Not Alone: Legacies of Eugenics"
curated by brilliant @mariusturda

- anti-commemoration for 2nd Int'l Eugenics Congress in 1921.

Well worth a visit. Look for online events, too

In this episode of The Side Comment podcast, @GribbenC gives an insight into the emergence, long dominance, sudden division, and recent decline of Ireland's most important religion, as explored in his new book 'The Rise and Fall of Christian Ireland': https://bit.ly/3nxoF1n