At Home with the World
20 March – 9 September 2012
Global influences on domestic settings - how different cultures have affected English interiors.
At Home with the World deconstructs the notion of 'Englishness' in the home by demonstrating that many items that seem bound up with a single national identity in fact originate from a variety of locations around the world. The exhibition shows the small-scale impact of huge global forces, and how elements of design from far-flung corners of Empire could be imported to the most intimate domestic settings.
The museum's rooms are to be reworked to incorporate various influences from across the world, from Chinese porcelain used for taking high tea to the use of Islamic and Indian patterns in the Victorian period and the Scandinavian imports of recent decades. The exhibition will also include a number of films and trails through the museum's rooms.