UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering


Launching the ‘Tomorrow’s Home: 2050’ exhibition

25 November 2021

On Monday 22 November, UCL colleagues, community members and partners gathered at the Museum of the Home to celebrate the launch of a new immersive exhibition.

A visitor looks into a mirror that says 'What are you looking for from the future?'

‘Tomorrow’s Home’ draws upon leading research from the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering. The exhibition playfully imagines how our dwellings could be designed to help us live independently and well as we age and support our changing planet. 

It is running from 20 November 2021 to 9 January 2022 at the Museum of the Home in Hoxton. The exhibition is curated by The Liminal Space and funded by a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious award. 

The launch celebration 

The evening began with a series of talks from researchers and community partners involved in the exhibition. The talks spanned from home design in Ancient Rome through to homes in space!  

Care home residents show off a quilted blanket they made over lockdown

Care home residents from Hackney show off a quilted blanket they worked on during lockdown, facilitated by SparkoTV. 

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  • ‘Domestic gamechangers: past, present – future?’ - Vanessa Meade, Curator, Museum of the Home 

  • ‘Controlling multisensory experience for comfort in the Ancient Roman home’ - Dr Hannah Platts, Royal Hollway College 

  • ‘Multisensory interfaces and experiences’ - Professor Marianna Obrist, Deputy Director (Digital), UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering 

  • ‘How housing inequality exacerbates health inequalities’ - Sharon Gordon, Director of West Euston Project 

  • ‘Sparko: a pandemic case study’ - Ann Brolan and care home residents 

  • ‘Tomorrow’s Home as Liminal Space’ - Sarah Douglas, Director, The Liminal Space 

Attendees were then given a private viewing of the exhibition, accompanied by researchers and Impact Fellows from the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering. 

For many of the guests, it was their first large in-person event since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many expressed pleasure at finally meeting their colleagues and collaborators face-to-face!

Oriol Roche speaks with a visitor to the exhibition

Oriol Roche i Morgó (right), an IHE Impact Fellow, shows a visitor around the exhibition

A visitor inspects a wall with pieces of moss attached to it

A visitor inspects the 'living biome' wall - which speculates how we might harness healthy bacteria in our homes

Professor Rebecca Shipley uses a microphone to address a room full of attendees

Professor Rebecca Shipley (right) addresses a room full of guests

More upcoming events 

At the Museum, we're hosting an exciting programme of workshops and drop-in activities. From family-friendly robotics Christmas carolling to creative singing workshops exploring the role of the voice as we age, there's something for everyone – explore the programme here. We're also hosting online conversations with talks from experts on health and home technology – view the online programme here

Visit the exhibition

The exhibition will be at the Museum of the Home until 9 January 2022. Free entry.

  • 136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, E2 8EA
  • Tuesday - Sunday
  • 10am - 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Photo credit: James Tye/UCL