At Home in 2012
Member of the Geffrye Museum's Youth Advisory Panel holding an Italian maiolica plate, dated 1575-1625
At Home in 2012
As part of the regional Stories of the World programme Stories of the World: London the Geffrye has been working alongside several museums to bring key London collections together to develop an imaginative range of exhibitions around four aspects of life in this world city. The Geffrye's theme is the home. As we have prepared to welcome the world to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Geffrye has asked how 'English' are our homes? Our work over the last four years has culminated in our At Home with the World exhibition which explores how many familiar types of furniture, textiles and ornaments were made in this country, but many others arrived after long journeys from the four corners of the world and almost all owe at least something to ideas and influences from other cultures.
How will we explore home?
Participant in a creative film making project holding a circular fan, c.1880 - 1900
Over the last four years we have worked intensively with communities and young people and produced a wide range of innovative exhibitions, events, workshops, films and animations that have encouraged Londoners to engage in a dialogue about their homes and to think about them afresh, exploring how other cultures have shaped our personal spaces, our ideas about 'what makes a home' and about the way we live. Homes in England may not be so English after all!
At Home with the World highlights those objects in the museum's main displays and period rooms which have come from, or been influenced by, other cultures.
For more information about how you can explore the exhibition click through to our What's On, and to see all of the films young people and community groups have produced for the exhibition click through to our Stories of the World Digital Library.
Members of the Geffrye Museum's Youth Advisory Panel
At Home with the World is one of a series of Stories of the World exhibitions across London. Visit our partners' exhibitions at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, the Museum of London, and the London Transport Museum to discover more about life in this world city.
We have also worked in partnership with five other museums on the theme of 'home': The Design Museum, Dorich House, Keats House, 575 Wandsworth Road (National Trust), and Leighton House.
For more information about what’s happening across the country as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad festivities in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, click through to the London 2012 Festival website.