Originally established in 1894 as The Deptford Fund to improve the plight of local people, it opened its first building, the Albany Institute in 1899.

It became the Albany Empire in the 1970s, renowned as a pioneering home for radical community arts. The building was destroyed by fire in 1978, leading to its purpose-built new building opened by Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1982.

Pictures from the archive are below sectioned by theme or historical period. We hope you’ll enjoy browsing them. If you’d like to add to the online gallery, or share your memories of any of the events pictured, please email images and comments to marketing@thealbany.org.uk.


Top image shows Princess Diana at the Albany entrance. C.1982.