Tuesday 26 November 2013 - Sunday 5 January 2014
A living room in 1965 at Christmas Past - photography Chris Ridley
Each year, authentic festive decorations transform the museum's period rooms, giving visitors an evocative insight into how Christmas has been celebrated in English middle-class homes over the past 400 years. Step back through the centuries and discover the origins and meanings of some of the rich and vibrant traditions of Christmas past, from feasting, dancing and kissing under the mistletoe to playing parlour games, hanging up stockings, sending cards, decorating the tree and throwing cocktail parties.
Contemporary Design Show
April - August 2014 (dates to be confirmed)
Pigeon Light by Ed Carpenter (c) 2003
This special exhibition will showcase the best of current and recent design for the home by both well-established industry figures and emerging talent. A broad range of domestic products, from furniture to wallpaper and textiles, lighting to technology, will be innovatively displayed in the museum’s temporary exhibition space, spilling out into the gardens with a display of the best in garden furniture design. All objects will be at the cutting-edge of contemporary domestic design, providing a glimpse into the future of what our homes may look like in years to come.
The exhibition coincides with the museum’s centenary year and celebrates one of its original purposes - to inspire the local furniture-making industry.