Museum of the Home

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Operating as usual

27/09/2020
Moving the store

Conservators work with museum collections that could be very fragile, or made from dangerous materials.

They often wear masks and gloves and other types of PPE, meaning they were well prepared to work in a pandemic.

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This tome by a high priest of Victorian tastemaking offers advice on everything from crockery to clothing.‘Hints on Hous...
23/09/2020
The home in 50 objects

This tome by a high priest of Victorian tastemaking offers advice on everything from crockery to clothing.

‘Hints on Household Taste’ by Charles Locke Eastlake was published in 1868 and is one of the 50 objects to define our domestic world.

via Financial Times

https://on.ft.com/33glkb4

This series explores the objects that have defined our domestic world and are part of the collection of the Museum of the Home in London

Opening today: Mantelpiece Observations at Bolton Library and Museum Services.The artist Richard Slee has created a seri...
12/09/2020
Hearth and home: Mantelpiece exhibition gets pride of place – Bolton Council

Opening today: Mantelpiece Observations at Bolton Library and Museum Services.

The artist Richard Slee has created a series of work based on Mass Observation’s 1937 Mantelpiece Reports, which reveal so much about the tastes, preferences and preoccupations of people living through a period of intense social and economic upheaval.

This is part of an ongoing collaboration between Bolton Museum, the Mass Observation Archive, University of Sussex and the Museum of the Home.

Safeguards will be in place to ensure that visitors will be kept safe whilst enjoying the exhibition.

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Protecting each other from an invisible and sometimes deadly threat required a communal effort.Now Accepting Contactless...
26/08/2020
V&A Dundee · Now Accepting Contactless

Protecting each other from an invisible and sometimes deadly threat required a communal effort.

Now Accepting Contactless at V&A Dundee brings together objects that reveal the many ways designers and citizens have used their skills in the crisis and features submissions from out #StayHome Project.

Now Accepting Contactless: Design in a Global Pandemic opens at V&A Dundee on 27 August and explores how designers and c...
24/08/2020
V&A Dundee · Now Accepting Contactless

Now Accepting Contactless: Design in a Global Pandemic opens at V&A Dundee on 27 August and explores how designers and communities have adapted to the unprecedented challenges of this year.

It will feature submissions from our #StayHome project.

https://bit.ly/3jcqLOW

Following a process of reflection, debate and research, and a consultation conducted in partnership with Hackney Council...
29/07/2020
Information about the statue of Sir Robert Geffrye on the Museum's buildings | Museum of the Home

Following a process of reflection, debate and research, and a consultation conducted in partnership with Hackney Council, the Board of Trustees of the Museum has taken the decision not to remove the statue of Sir Robert Geffrye from the Museum’s buildings.

The Board believes that the Museum should reinterpret and contextualise the statue where it is to create a powerful platform for debate about the connection between the buildings and transatlantic slavery.

The Museum has a responsibility to reflect and debate history accurately, and in doing so to confront, challenge and learn from the uncomfortable truths of the origins of the Museum buildings.

Read the full statement from the Board of Trustees: https://bit.ly/3gdbfAY

For centuries the fireplace was the focal point of domestic life: where families gathered for warmth, comfort and compan...
26/07/2020
How TV transformed our lives | Museum of the Home

For centuries the fireplace was the focal point of domestic life: where families gathered for warmth, comfort and companionship.

However, following the mass adoption of the TV in the decades following the second world war, the glow of embers and the crackle of burning wood were swapped for Ken Barlow and the Benny Hill theme tune.

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A bit bored of your own four walls? Your home is still an amazing source of kindness, creativity and imagination.We've d...
15/07/2020
Things to do | Museum of the Home

A bit bored of your own four walls? Your home is still an amazing source of kindness, creativity and imagination.

We've designed these fun activities for children aged 5+, to do with their parents, carers or siblings.

https://bit.ly/35Q5bdu

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136 Kingsland Road,
London
E2 8EA

Buses: 67, 149, 242, 243, 394 Hoxton Overground (2mins walk). Underground: Liverpool Street (Bishopsgate exit) then bus 149 or 242. Old Street (exit 2) then bus 242 or 15 mins walk. British Rail: Hoxton (London Overground) 2 minutes walk Liverpool Street or Dalston Kingsland Parking: Very limited meter places available locally. Parking for disabled visitors is available in front of the museum 10.00am - 4.00pm.

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Hackney Stand Up to Racism and Fascism ask If the University og Glasgow get it then Why can't you Museum of the Home? #GeffryeMustFall #blacklivesmatter
Never mind what Oliver Dowden wants. You asked the people and Hackney and we said #GeffryeMustFall.
I had high hopes that the decision to keep the Geffrye instead of remove it, as was unanimously voted for by the publis, would be reversed. It seems though that there's more to this than meets the eye. Please have the courage to do what is right, take a step forward into creating a better world. Yes, it is THAT IMPORTANT. Please remove the Geffrye statue.
I'm shocked that your board basically bowed to pressure from a government minster and ignored the outcome of the public consultation about the statue of Geffrye.
Not entirely happy about Museum's decision not to remove statue of Robert Geffrye from the museum facade despite a majority of consultation respondees favouring its removal. One asks "why bother with a consultation"? Personally, I will be watching closely for evidence of creative response, interpretation and structural changes in staffing to aim for appropriate BAME representation at all levels promised in their response to the consultation decision.
Just sent this to the Hackney Gazette: "It is disgraceful that the Board of Trustees of The Museum of the Home (formerly the Geffrye Museum) have announced they will NOT be removing the statue of the slaver Sir Robert Geffrye from its pedestal at the front of the museum building. The Trustees acknowledge that the odious Geffrye made his fortune from his links with the East India Company and the Royal African Company and "profited directly from the buying and selling of human beings." The Museum’s trustees announced they were considering removing Geffrye’s statue after BLACK LIVES MATTER protesters took direct action to remove a statue of Bristol slaver Edward Colston in June. Colston’s statue stood for 120 years before it was overthrown in minutes by people who could no longer stomach a monument glorifying a monster who got rich from the enslavement and transportation of 84,000 men, women and children. In the wake of this action a statue to the 18th century slave trader Robert Milligan was removed from its place outside the Museum of London Docklands when officials decided “it was no longer acceptable to the local community.” With many institutions reviewing their own memorials to notorious slavers, The Museum of the Home launched a public consultation over the status of the statue of Geffrye which stands over their museum. But though the Trustees admit “the response was in favour of removing the statue” they have decided to leave it where it is arguing: “The Board feels that the Museum should reinterpret and contextualise the statue where it is to create a powerful platform for debate about the connection between the buildings and transatlantic slavery. The Museum has a responsibility to reflect and debate history accurately and in doing so to confront, challenge and learn from the uncomfortable truths of the origins of the Museum buildings.” The trustees of The Museum of the Home are being disingenuous in their arguments about why Geffrye’s statue will not fall. It is not necessary for Geffrye’s statue to remain on its plinth in order for a process of learning from “uncomfortable truths” to proceed. The statue can be removed and displayed in the museum with a full inventory of Geffrye’s links with the slave trade next to it. Edward Colston’s statue is bound for a museum where his role in the slave trade will be fully exposed. Geffrye’s statue should have the same fate. To call a public consultation on the fate of Geffrye’s statue and to then ignore the demand for the statue to fall suggest the whole thing was a deeply cynical exercise designed to buy time in the hope the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement would dissipate and it would be business as usual. Others have made the error that the BLACK LIVES MATTER uprising is a “moment” rather than a “movement”. That movement will stay active and will see all statues glorifying those who traded in human beings fall. Because Black Lives Matter and slavers should never, ever, be glorified.
If memory serves, I've been to this museum three times. I knew nothing of how Geffrye got his money. Now I know, I wouldn't go back there while his statue stood. Pull it down. Put it in a museum of slavery.
Hope they decide to move the statue of Robert Geffrye inside the museum with an explanation of who he was and how he made his wealth - slavery.
Statue, of slave trader Robert Geffrye: Please Remove, immediately, place in storage, under the heading; England's Racist Past!
You are a wonderful Museum, and the statue needs to be placed indoors, with clear information about his role in Slavery.. Please do it.
I absolutely love this museum. One of my favourites. Given how many world class museums London has, this is a serious compliment. I really don't want to put a but in either....but...you really should remove the statue of Mr Geffrye. He was a slave trader, even if you do good work (he gave money for alms houses including the one in which the museum is housed), if you do it with blood money you should not be absolved. He's one of the perpetrators of one of the greatest injustices in history. He should be condemned not celebrated.
Take down the statue please