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Who Stole My Milk? Exploring Student Homes in London

22 March 2012

'Who Stole My Milk? Exploring Student Homes in London' project logo

In the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Institute Masters students are collaborating with the Geffrye Museum investigating shared and private spaces within London’s international student homes.

The collaborative project explores how such spaces can generate conflict, compromise and cultural exchange amongst roommates, and how these factors affect students’ personal identities. Within London’s modern student homes, this ‘fusion and confusion’ lifestyle can centre on the practical and personal objects that uniquely connect an individual to their past home and culture.

Who Stole My Milk? is a small exhibition being developed by Institute students and is comprised of photographs and information on student homes in London which will be on display in the lower ground floor concourse of the Geffrye Museum from May-September 2012.

Who Stole My Milk? will show how cooking implements, decorations, social customs and personal mementoes come together in the student’s quest to create an individual identity in this temporary home away from home. From inexpensive generic posters and low quality bed sheets, to personal tokens carried across borders and the exchange of international recipes, the project explores how students rise to the challenge of creating a home within an impermanent space and time.

Who Stole My Milk? Exploring Student Homes in London exhibition project

The exhibition will be enhanced by web resources, including a blog which will provide a forum for discussion and feedback.

There will be a special opening event on Wednesday 16 May from 6.00 – 8.30pm featuring music, workshops and the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the project through conversations with Institute students.  Tickets are £6 (£4 for students) and will include a glass of wine.  Booking in advance is required.

The Geffrye Museum has worked in partnership with UCL Institute of Archaeology Masters students for many years. This collaboration provides students with the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to real-life practice and gives them invaluable first-hand experience in the museum sector.

'Who Stole My Milk? Exploring Student Homes in London' @ the Geffrye Museum

This project is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World, led by Arts Council England in partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), which gets young people involved behind the scenes at museums and gives them an exclusive opportunity to create exhibitions and events.

Any enquiries about the exhibition project may be directed to Katy Daniels and Tz-Ling (Leslie) Lai at press@geffrye-museum.org.uk