Keepsakes

About the exhibition

What if the most powerful objects, with the most moving stories attached, are not in museum collections but hidden away in people’s homes?

 

The story of Keepsakes

Keepsakes is a display of personal items that keep memories of migration and identity alive. Museum collections represent society’s decisions about what objects are valuable enough to hand down to future generations. But museum objects matter less to most people than the objects their parents and grandparents chose to pass on to them, and which they hand on to their own children and grandchildren.

Working with communities and individuals, the Migration Museum Project, supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, explores the nature and importance of personal keepsakes in telling migration stories.

For more information, do read Sue McAlpine’s blog post, “A Keepsake is a very special thing”, for our curator’s insight into the project.

Do you have a Keepsake with a migration story? You can also tweet us @MigrationUK #KeepsakesMMP and upload your image to our 100 Images of Migration Flickr group #Keepsakes. Your Keepsake may end up being part of a future Keepsakes display!

Keepsakes Exhibitions

Idea Store Whitechapel, April – May 2016

Southwark Council, February – March 2016

Adopting Britain, Southbank Centre, April – September 2015

With thanks to…

Partnerships are at the heart of our Keepsakes project. We would like to thank NOMAD (Nations of Migration Awakening the Diaspora), Southwark Latin American Elders Group, Southwark Cyprus Turkish Association and the Pepper Pot Club for their help in making this exhibition. We are grateful to Southwark Council and the Idea Store for hosting Keepsakes.

Paul Hamlyn FoundationPaul Hamlyn Foundation is an independent grant making body which funds organisations whose charitable activities help people to realise their potential and have a better quality of life.
We are grateful to Paul Hamlyn Foundation for supporting Keepsakes.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation is an independent grant making body which funds organisations whose charitable activities help people to realise their potential and have a better quality of life.

Exhibition video