The word home has many meanings.
It can be the physical space we live in or a feeling that goes beyond a specific time or place.
In the Home Galleries we explore the concept of home through people’s everyday experiences of making, keeping and being at home over the last 400 years.
There is a real mix of contemporary and historical stories in this space, and there are interactive elements.
How we make our homes
We explore how we come to acquire the things that make up our homes and the hidden stories they reveal. The choices we make about the things we keep around us say a lot about our taste and identity. We explore different choices available at different times.
Bought, found, given
Style and taste
How we look after our homes
We consider the business of maintaining our homes and gardens, and how this has changed over time. We trace change, continuity and resistance to new technologies and practices.
We investigate the labour involved in keeping a household, whether it’s getting rid of bedbugs or using oxen’s gallbladder to clean carpets.
In the garden
How we relax and spend time at home
We reveal how people spend time at home. We begin with the idea of comfort and feeling at home, and how this can be disrupted, particularly through loss or illness.
We explore leisure from music-making and broadcast entertainment, dining and socialising to children’s play. And we consider devotional practice within the home.
Love and loss
Take a seat at our kitchen table and tell us your thoughts about home.