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House & Home: A look into The Hold’s latest Exhibition

17 NOVEMBER 2021 - ROSE - THINGS TO DO

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If you have been following the blog for a while then you will know that we are all a fan of The Hold Exhibits and their latest offering House & Home is just as brilliant as its predecessors.

The Exhibition is a collaboration between Suffolk Archives and University of Suffolk lecturers Dr Amanda Hodgkinson and Dr Liana Psarologaki. Following the theme of House & Home, the exhibition looks at homes throughout Suffolk with accompanying archive material. Alongside this is work from University of Suffolk Creative Writing and Architecture students exploring the many meanings of House & Home.

The Exhibitions at The Hold are always ones to watch. As many of you know I am an English Graduate and Creative Writing student myself so I was aware of this exhibit for quite a while before its opening. I was very excited to go along and support my fellow students work and I even took my Mum along too!

I love that the exhibit showcases homes and archival material from all ends of Suffolk, making it accessible to a wide range of local people. I experienced this first-hand through watching my Mum's fascination with the original maps of the Chantry estate here in Ipswich. Growing up in the area, my Mum was able to recognise the foundations of her childhood which really evoked Roland Barthes ‘sting of recognition’ – a key inspiration for Dr Amanda Hodgkinson when crafting the exhibit as well as inspiring the student’s creative pieces.

Another fascinating section of the exhibit was ‘The Caribbean Front Room’ sponsored by the Ipswich Windrush Society. This display case contained a selection of items that would have been a part of many homes in the '50s and showcased a small glimpse of what the Windrush generation’s lives would have been like after first moving to Ipswich.

It really feels like the perfect time to explore the many interpretations of ‘House & Home’, coming out of another year where we have been forced to reacquaint ourselves with our living spaces. The exhibit truly captures many meanings of its namesake and is a must visit for those who live in Suffolk or those who simply want to feel the sense of home that many of us have here.

The exhibit is open until 9th January 2022 and tickets are free to book online.

https://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/exhibitions/house-and-home-exhibition/

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