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Museum of Homelessness

Campaign banner protesting against homelessness

Friends events are open to all. If you are not a Friend of the Geffrye Museum, please select 'Guest' when booking your ticket. If you'd like to receive the discounted price, please join as a Friend.

The Museum of Homelessness: curating a hidden history

Thursday 19 September
6.30–8pm (doors open 6pm)
Friends £12 / Guests £15
Location: Geffrye Museum of the Home

The Museum of Homelessness (MoH) collects and shares the art, histories and culture of homelessness. It is a space where homeless people can tell their stories.

Co-founders Jess and Matt will talk about the hidden history of homelessness, the journey of the MoH so far (a museum without its own home), and what it means to 'collect' homelessness.

The evening will include a short film telling the stories of objects donated to the museum from people who are or have been homeless. We'll be exploring the power of objects and stories to change the way we understand living without a home.

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Postcard from the past: domestic life on tour

Postcard from the Past - event organised by the Friends of the Geffrye Museum of the Home

'Never did work out where that travelling rug went'

Thursday 17 October
6.30–8pm (doors open 6pm)
Friends £10 / Guests £12
Location: Geffrye Museum of the Home

Tom Jackson has amassed a vast collection of British postcards from the past 75 years. These faded images are poignant, cryptic and often hilarious relics of lost times and forgotten holidays.

In his illustrated talk, Tom – the man behind the hugely popular @PastPostcard Twitter feed and the book Postcard From The Past – will take us through a selection of his favourite messages. They'll reflect the charm, eccentricity and humour of British domestic life on tour.

In a world of emails, photo-messages and instant gratification, is there still a place for the picture postcard?

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Social care in Britain: from crisis to sustainable care

Patrick Hall - Friends of the Geffrye Museum event

Patrick Hall (c) Sustainable Care, University of Sheffield

Thursday 14 November
6.30–8pm (doors open 6pm)
Friends £8 / Guests £10
Location: Geffrye Museum of the Home

Britain’s social care system is at breaking point, with growing numbers of people unable to receive the care they need.

What are the causes of this crisis? And what would it take to build a care system that meets the needs of adults with chronic health problems or disabilities, their families and care workers?

Patrick Hall is a social care policy researcher and part of a four-year, seven-university research project investigating sustainable care. He’ll outline the social, political and economic forces that have shaped the crisis. He'll compare the divergent care systems of the UK’s four nations as well as countries like Japan, Germany and Australia. And he'll suggest principles that could shape a future system.

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