Photography Exhibition Celebrates the Contribution of the Harbourside’s Older Volunteers

‘Something for Nothing’ is a photography exhibition by Sarah Robbins, UWE Photography Student, celebrating older people in their active volunteer roles in and around Bristol Harbour. Age UK Bristol and Boston Tea Party – Gloucester Road are collaborating during the month of October to present this photography exhibition to celebrate older people’s contribution to the city.

The ‘Something for Nothing’ exhibition takes place throughout the month of October at Boston Tea Party (293 Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8PE), with a launch party on 1st of October at 4pm, to mark the United Nations International Day for Older Persons. Sarah Robbin’s work includes images from volunteers from the Matthew, M Shed, Underfall Yard, MV Balmoral and SS Great Britain.

Sarah Robbins shares about her work: “This project combined my interest in the culture of volunteering with a long-term fascination with the Bristol Harbourside area. Over the course of about four months at the beginning of 2018, I was lucky enough to work with some of the volunteers of six harbourside organisations. I photographed some of the huge variety of work that they do, from explaining Bristol’s maritime heritage to visitors to driving and maintaining steam trains.

“Many of the volunteers that I photographed are retired or semi-retired and are using existing skills or learning new ones. I was really inspired by the sense of pride and community that the volunteers convey”, she adds.

Mark Baker, CEO of Age UK Bristol: “We want to help raise the visibility of older people as contributing members of society. Older people play a valuable role in community life, often having the time to commit to the activities and causes that they love, giving hundreds of hours of their time.”

Regarding the partnership with Boston Tea Party, he adds: “We are so happy that Boston Tea Party, Gloucester Road is partnering with us to showcase this exhibition and host our launch event. They have opened up their café to the community and we are looking forward to working closely together to support older people living in North Bristol.”

The ‘Something for Nothing’ launch party is taking place on the 1st October at 4pm at Boston Tea Party, 293 Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8PE. The launch party is open to the public and is a free event. The exhibition will remain at Boston Tea Party until the 31st of October. For more information, please email Silvia Jimenez Cruz at

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