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The Museum of Homelessness: curating a hidden history
The Museum of Homelessness collects and shares the art, histories and culture of homelessness, creating a space where homeless people can tell their stories. The co-founders of this unique museum - without its own home - will talk about the hidden history of homelessness and what it means to ‘collect’ homelessness. Includes a short film exploring the power of objects and stories to change the way we understand living without a home.
Visit to David Parr House
A half-day tour of Cambridge’s best kept secret: an ordinary terrace house that opens to reveal an intricately patterned and incredibly preserved Arts & Craft interior. Includes a tour of the building and introduction to 19th century decorative artist David Parr, followed by a talk on the conservation skills involved in saving the house. Participants must arrange their own travel to and from Cambridge.
Postcard from the past: domestic life on tour
Tom Jackson has amassed an alarmingly large collection of British postcards from the past 75 years – faded images bearing poignant, cryptic and often hilarious relics of lost times and forgotten holidays. In this illustrated talk, Tom will take us through a selection of his favourite messages that reflect the charm, eccentricity and humour of British domestic life on tour. In a world of emails, photo-messages and instant gratification, is there still a place for the picture postcard?
Social care in Britain: from crisis to sustainable care
Britain’s social care system is at breaking point, with growing numbers of people unable to receive the care they need. What are the causes of this crisis, and what would it take to build a care system that meets the needs of adults with chronic health problems or disabilities, their families and care workers? Patrick Hall, a social care policy researcher, will outline the forces behind Britain's social care crisis, and explore what we can learn from the experiences of the UK’s four nations and other countries in shaping a more sustainable system.