Creative & Connected: October edition
Enjoy these simple and creative activities for people affected by dementia, their carers and loved ones from our Memories of London team. This month: London's fabulous fashions.
October is Black History Month – an annual reflection on the history, achievements and contributions of Black people in the UK – so we’re exploring some of the styles and fashions of 20th-century London, with a special focus on the influence of London’s Black communities.
Get creative with our packs and join our team online for chat over a cuppa about London's past.
London Lives podcast
In this podcast series we delve into the rich stories of London’s people to create an audible journey to the past.
Each episode is inspired by an object from the Museum of London collection and shares the reflections of real Londoners and their London lives. Listen back to hear wonderful stories of a cheeky, century-old Steiff teddy bear, the joys of Caribbean carnival and more!
Share a story with us
Our next podcast is all about Londoners’ working lives and is inspired by this IBM electric typewriter. After being introduced in the 1930s, the electric typewriter enabled office work to be completed quickly and neatly.
- What jobs have you, your family or friends done?
- Perhaps you were a typist?
- Or were you a nurse, soldier, ticket collector or hairdresser?
We’d love to talk to you! If you’d like to share your story email [email protected] and we will get in touch to find out more.
Time for a cuppa
Why not join us for a live online session where we will be joined by Mara the storyteller, an artist of dual Kenyan and Scottish cultural heritage as we explore objects from London’s past in this relaxed session.
Join us on Thursday 5 November, 10.30-11.30am.
To take part please register by:
- Emailing [email protected]
- Calling 07780 504506 Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm (Standard network rates apply)
Simply click the following link to download a large-print PDF copy of this month's activity pack.
We recommend printing it off as it has activities to fill out, trace or complete, such as this playful wordsearch:
You can also enjoy some of this month's Creative & Connected activity pack below:
Beauty is everywhere
This Black beauty Magazine was aimed at beauty-conscious Black women and included articles on hair and Black fashion icons.
What does ‘beauty’ mean to you? Is it found in the mirror, in nature, in loved ones or in things you enjoy doing?
Write, draw or paint your ideas!
Got a camera? Why not photograph something you find beautiful and stick it on your wall? Share your photos by emailing [email protected]
Hair today, gone tomorrow
How do you like your hair to be styled? Do you use hairspray or any other products?
Design your own London hairstyle!
You could use materials or collage, pencils, pens or paint. Will you take inspiration from these iconic hairstyles?
- Back comb
Do you have any favourites from those styles?
What sprays, perfumes, shampoos or creams do you have at home? What do they smell like? How do they feel when they’re rubbed into your skin or hair?
Have some fun and make an artwork with shaving foam.
What you need:
- Shaving foam
- Food dye
- Paintbrush or stick
How to do it:
- Mix a few drops of food colouring into the shaving foam
- Draw patterns or pictures in the foam with the paint brush or stick in the tray
- Experiment by mixing the colours. What can you make?
The clothes we wear can say a lot about us. The iconic 1960s mini skirt, for example, was often associated with rebellion and developing youth cultures in some London communities.
Did you know?
The ‘invention’ of the short skirt is often attributed to Mary Quant, but other designers, such as André Courrèges, were shortening hemlines at the same time.
Let’s see your most vibrant outfit! Dress up in your most colourful clothes. How do they make you feel? Where would you usually wear them?
As a young person, did you ever create your own unique style or follow any trends?
Do you have a photo from when you were a teenager? If you’re in a group setting, why not organise your own catwalk show? Share your photos by emailing [email protected]
Draw the music
Dub London, a temporary display at the Museum of London, celebrates the influence of dub reggae – a genre of electronic music that grew out of Jamaican reggae in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Have you ever listened to dub music? Give it a try!
- Grab a pencil and paper
- Switch on some music and close your eyes.
- Put the pencil to the paper and listen closely.
- Move your pencil to the rhythm, drawing what you hear.
- When the music has finished, look at your paper. How does it look? You’ve made a visual artwork from a sound!
Repeat this with another music genre. How does classical or pop music compare to the sound of dub?
That's all we have for you this time, but remember to join us again next month!