Bought, found, given
We fill our homes with gifts and heirlooms, scavenged treasures and lucky finds. The stories behind these objects can carry memories and emotions that make them personal to us.
The diverse collection in this room explores how we come to acquire the things that make up our homes and the hidden stories they reveal.
Stories to look out for
Mary Gibbs Shapter (born 1841) meticulously documented the possessions in her home over a 30-year period. The rooms Mary drew contained inherited furniture, bought antiques and purchases from high-end retailers.
Mechanical mantle clock, about 1968
Catherine Breheny's parents received this clock on their wedding day. Although it eventually stopped ticking, it never lost its significance to her mother.
Cass Bar cassette holder, about 1970
The first birthday present Paul Membrey ever received from his girlfriend Behnaz was this rotating cassette holder.
Paul and Behnaz were married the following year, and moved into their first home together. Paul placed the cassette holder among his hi-fi equipment in their living room, where he and Behnaz entertained family and friends.