Our popular Christmas Past exhibition returns to the Museum of the Home!
Our Rooms Through Time will be dressed to show how people have celebrated Christmas and other Winter events in their home over the past 400 years.
From the Midwinter festival to the Millenium party, we will explore how and why homes were decorated and winter events celebrated.
Find out where Boxing Day got its name from and why the Christmas tree first appeared in our homes.
As well as the Rooms Through Time we will be adding a rainbow of Christmas colour across the Museum site.
Running alongside our Christmas Past exhibition will be a number of workshops and events to celebrate Christmas.
28 November 2021, 11.00-16.00
Hanukkah celebration day
A festival of light, a celebration of religious freedom, and a holiday of gift-giving and family feasts, Hanukkah is an important date in the Jewish calendar.
Today, Jewish families celebrate this miracle by lighting a candle for each night of Hanukkah. During this time, oily food such as latkes and bimuelos (doughnuts) are eaten, presents and gifts of money are given and games such as dreidel are being played between friends and family.
Whether you celebrate Hanukkah every year, or you want to join in with the celebrations for the first time, visit the Museum of the Home this year for our Hanukkah celebration day.
Activities during the day include sampling traditional Sephardic bimuelos and trying your hand at Hanukkah crafts with Jaquie Feldman.
2 December 2021, 19.00-20.30
Home Truths: Jewish identity and the significance of Hanukkah
Tickets: £5.00 (£2.00 concessions)
Join us for a panel discussion exploring the significance of the Hanukkah celebration for Jewish people.
We'll be looking at historical and contemporary perspectives and spanning different communities.
How important is the celebration to the Jewish identity? What has the significance of Hanukkah been for Jewish people when they haven’t been able to practise their faith freely? How have traditions and rituals been shared amongst different Jewish communities?
5 December 2021, 13.00-16.00
Home School: Gingerbread House Brooch workshop with Tatty Devine
Ready to get crafty? Join Tatty Devine at the Museum of the Home in the heart of east London for a fully festive workshop with Creative Director Harriet Vine MBE.
Join us as we make a truly scrumptious Giant Gingerbread House Brooch. A mouth-watering, super-sized winter wonder is laser cut from caramel-hued acrylic, complete with frosty glitter snow-flecked icing.
Learn how to attach a cute red heart with pliers and jump rings. Add finishing touches to your almost-edible accessory by hand gluing foil wrapper-esque mirror acrylic sweets and sparkling crystals.
This class will be hosted by the Tatty Devine team, who will guide you through each step to create your very own piece of Tatty Devine jewellery to be treasured forever.
11 December 2021, 13.00-16.00
Home School: Winter wreath-making workshop
Create a wreath for your home. We provide all the materials.
Join Heather Stevens, our head gardener, for an intimate afternoon workshop.
Using fresh greenery, Heather will help you create your own living creation to decorate your home for the festive season.