'In Our Lifetime' a Magnum Photos Exhibition

Models of the New Bield, finished and unfinished

The story of Sir Thomas Tresham’s Lyveden is a poignant and dramatic example of one man standing up for his beliefs in dangerous times, in an act of quiet and creative rebellion. Tresham’s story ends 500 years ago, but resonates still, with stories of persecution continuing in our lifetime. The exhibition explored just three of those stories, each told through a photographer’s lens.

The photo exhibition was viewable as part of our sneak peek visits to Lyveden Manor. Unfortunately the Manor is no longer open to the public. Watch this space for more updates on the Lyveden Reconnected project.

Tresham was a Catholic in Elizabethan England - at a time when Elizabeth I was fiercely defending the Protestant state. He spent long stretches in prison throughout his life and may have struggled to reconcile his devotion to the Catholic Church and loyalty to his country.


Lyveden collaborated with Magnum Photos to present an exhibition with contemporary perspectives on the Lyveden themes of faith, belief and identity. The exhibition featured three stories of religious persecution; Yazidis in Iraq, Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and Coptic Christians in Egypt.

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- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Magnum Photos represents some of the world’s most renowned photographers, maintaining its founding ideals and idiosyncratic mix of journalist, artist and storyteller. Magnum photographers share a vision to chronicle world events, people, places and culture with a powerful narrative that defies convention, shatters the status quo, redefines history and transforms lives.
Stories of political and religious intolerance aren’t found only in history. Persecution, sometimes on a devastating scale, continues in our own lifetime.

How do they help us understand what it means to stand up for your faith and beliefs at any cost?

What do these stories tell us about the place of faith and tolerance in the world today?