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Who stole my milk?: Exploring student homes in London

17 May 2012

Student homes in London

In the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, The Geffrye: Museum of the Home and MA students from UCL Institute of Archaeology are investigating shared and private spaces within London’s international student homes. 

The project explores how these 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? shows 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? is a small exhibition compromising photographs and information on student homes in London which will be on display in concourse cases on the lower ground floor of the Geffrye Museum.  

This project is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World, which gets young people involved behind the scenes of museums and gives them an exclusive opportunity to remix collections and create exhibitions and events.

The exhibition, which runs from Tuesday 15 May - Sunday 9 September, will be enhanced by web resources, including a blog which will provide a forum for discussion and feedback.


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