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Stories of the World Project

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Stories of the World: London and At Home with the World in 2012 at the Geffrye Museum

As part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme and the regional project Stories of the World: London, the Geffrye worked alongside the London Transport Museum, the Horniman Museum, the Museum of London and other museums in bringing key London collections together to develop an imaginative range of exhibitions around four aspects of life in this world city: journey, identity, place and home. The Geffrye also worked in partnership with five other museums - the Design Museum, Dorich House, Keats House, 575 Wandsworth Road and Leighton House Museum - on the theme of 'home'. 

As London prepared to welcome the world to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Geffrye asked how 'English' were our homes? Four years of work with young people and community groups culminated in the At Home with the World exhibition, which explored how ideas and influences from other cultures can be seen in the many familiar types of furniture, textiles and ornaments made in this country as well as in those that arrived from overseas.

Workshops, events and creative projects: Young People and Community Groups

Throughout Stories of the World: London, the Geffrye worked intensively with many different audiences, from early years to older people, schools, families and adult learners, with a special focus on young people and communities. Young people were at the heart of this project. They helped us form the content and design of all of these exhibitions, activities and events.

These audiences, in partnership with the museum, produced a wide range of innovative exhibitions, events, workshops, films and animations that provided new fun and engaging interpretations of the objects and themes covered in our exhibition. Together they 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. 

Want to see films, animations, podcasts, digital stories and poems made by young people and community groups for the project?  Click through to our Digital Library to see more.

Want to see the many different ways young people shaped the project? Click through to our Young People's Project Archive pages to read more.

Want to see how local community groups contributed to the project? Click through to our Community pages to read more.

Stories of the World young people's activitiesStories of the World Community pages at the Geffrye