Projects, events and news from the University of Cambridge Museums
What do you keep on your mantelpiece? From curious to quirky, valuable and invaluable, we create family histories through memorabilia, keepsakes and heirlooms.
My Home is my Museum is a project developed and led by artist Caroline Wright that explores the emotional significance we place on our everyday objects; the way we represent ourselves through these personal displays; and the comparison between these very private spaces to public spaces, museum practice and an unspoken code of ‘museum behaviour’.
Caroline Wright has inspired us with theatre in small settings where members of the public opened their doors and invited us inside to explore and celebrate their objects during her bespoke performance; she has shared an online collection of objects and stories ‘donated’ by Cambridge residents; and now, to bring these elements together, Caroline Wright joins Dr Rachel Hurdley, Research Fellow at Cardiff University, and others in a discussion event and publication launch at the Museum of Cambridge on Sunday 23 November.
The event starts with a tour of the Museum of Cambridge, highlighting the ‘guest’ objects at the museum on loan from Cambridge residents that have been working with Caroline Wright as part of My Home is My Museum.
Dr Rachel Hurdley – a brief biography
With a joint Classics and English degree, she initially taught Classics at an Oxford school, while volunteering at a housing rights centre. Curious to explore the problem and meaning of ‘house and home’, she did a housing studies MSc. In 2006, she completed a PhD in housing, Dismantling Mantelpieces: consumption as spectacle and shaper of self in the home at the Cardiff School of Planning and Geography. Following time as a researcher in the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods in Qualiti, she took up an ESRC post-doctoral fellowship in SOCSI. She was The Sociological Review Fellow 2009-10, writing a monograph, Home, Materiality, Memory and Belonging: keeping culture (2013). Making Wales, Remembering Home was a Beacon-funded collaborative film-making project with refugees and destitute asylum seekers. Building on a short study, The Power of Corridors, she is currently researching ethnography, Rethinking Space, Openness and Organisation, as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. This explores the relation between social, material and spatial interactions and relations on a university campus.