Monthly Archives: August 2011

Recipes and remedies event series

A special series of events exploring the connections between food, health and life will be launched at the Wellcome Collection on 15 September.

Inspired by the intriguing collections of hand-written recipes and remedies in the Wellcome Library, the series will be asking if food can cure, rooting through the history of culinary medicines and exploring contemporary scientific and cultural responses to food.

The loaded relationships between food, class and morality will be investigated, and there will be debates around how to navigate a healthy course between food science, social policy and the food industry in the face of media hype and ever-changing advice.

There will also be plenty of opportunity to get up close to Wellcome Collection’s unique treasures in sessions exploring topics such as localism and healthy eating then and now, how food remedies have allowed women to challenge male medical orthodoxy, and whether the bloggers of today can find counterparts in the recipe swappers of 400 years ago. Full details of the event series, including booking information, can be found here:


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When and how does a house become a museum – a “house museum”?

House/Museum Lecture at the Freud Museum, London

28 September 2011, 7pm

Dr Antony Hudek, Mellon Research Fellow at University College London will explore some of the thought-provoking issues around how homes, such as the Freud family home at 20 Maresfield Gardens, become museums.

When and how does a house become a museum – a ‘house museum’? How does this passage from one function to another affect the visitor’s experience? Taking Freud’s 1919 text Das Unheimliche (The Uncanny) as a point of departure, this presentation seeks to identify what subsists, what survives when a house turns into a museum; the ghosts of its former occupants, the archive (once a personal collection of papers, books, memorabilia), and a sense (reassuring or unsettling) of domesticity.

But Freud’s text does more than provide a useful guide to what lingers in the house museum, in particular his own. It plays out the paradox of the uncanny: that if the house museum, like the psychoanalytic text, depends on the veracity of its portrayal of the subjective matter it tries to exhibit/expose, it can only do so in the fractured guise of theatre and fiction, lest it fall prey to the very myths and fantasies its  stated mission is to dispel.

Tickets: £10/£7 (concs.), to book:

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Spaces of Home Study Day

Monday 5 September 2011, 10am – 5.30pm

Birkbeck Institute of Social Research, Birkbeck, University of London, Room 415, Birkbeck Main Building, Malet Street, London

Fees: £10, to be payable on the door (booking essential)

This study day brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars who are interested in thinking through diverse and competing meanings of home for different people at different times. It focuses particularly on the relationship of men to the home and raises questions about home as an important site for the formation of both masculinity and femininity. A wine reception will follow the day′s programme.


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EKCO exhibition

8 October 2011 – 28 January 2012

Southend Central Museum

An exhibition exploring the central role that design played in the success of the Southend-based firm of EKCO, one of the UK’s leading radio, television and plastic manufacturers from the 1920s to the 1970s. The exhibition will look at:

  • The EKCO Story – An introduction to the firm founded by E.K. Cole against the background of early wireless and the BBC.
  • Radio design in the 1930s. – The first Bakelite radios and the Modernist Movement. Radio designs by J.K. White, Serge Chermayeff, Wells Coates, Jessie Collins, Misha Black.
  • Plastics for the Home: the 1950s and 1960s – The formation of EKCO Plastics. The work of the designers Martyn Rowlands, David Harman Powell and others.
  • The Promotion of EKCO – Advertising was as carefully designed as the products being manufactured. This area will examine the design of EKCO advertising and the relationship that EKCO built up with its dealers.

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Family Matters: The Family in British Art exhibition

15 October 2011 – 8 January 2012

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Norwich Castle to stage ground-breaking exhibition charting 400 years of the Family in British Art.

This ambitious touring exhibition will show how the subject of family has been, and continues to be a challenging yet enduring subject for artists. Divided thematically, the exhibition will showcase the best of British art with works by David Hockney, Anthony van Dyck, William Hogarth and Tracey Emin. Contemporary and historic works will be juxtaposed to show how the traditional family portrait has been replaced with a more frank portrayal of the family. Formal portraits were frequently stages for political or personal purposes, whereas the more recent works offer a view that can only be described as ‘behind the scenes’, creating a tension between the public and private portrayal of the family.

This tension between inside and outside, appearance and reality, can be traced across a number of the works by artists including Thomas Gainsborough and Johann Zoffany, British contemporary artists Richard Billingham and Rachel Whiteread, as well as international artists Thomas Struth and Zineb Sedira. The 5 thematic sections – Inheritance; Childhood; Parenting; Couples & Kinship; Home – reveal a world of shifting certainties for the British family through a range of media, including film and photography, painting and sculpture.

The exhibition is programmed as part of the Great British Art Debate, a 4-year partnership with Museums Sheffield, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, and Tate Britain. Exhibition tour dates:

  • Millennium Galleries Sheffield, 2 February – 29 April 2012
  • Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, 21 May – 2 September 2012
  • Tate Britain, 1 October – 21 December 2012

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