Talking Point: London is the place for me
Explore this sensory display to hear, see, touch and even smell the experiences and challenges of everyday Londoners, past and present.
What does being a ‘Londoner’ mean to you?
During lockdown a group called purpleSTARS, listened to recordings made over the past 80 years from the Museum of London’s oral history collection.
The purpleSTARS are a group of people with and without learning difficulties based at the RIX Centre at the University of East London, who work together to make museums more inclusive. Their aim is for everyone to make personal connections and really enjoy their visits, whatever their background or abilities.
This new free display, featuring sensory elements from sounds to images and even smells, explores the lives of Londoners past and present and invites visitors to reflect on their own experiences of the capital.
Visit the purpleSTARS RIX Wiki to explore how they developed the display during lockdown.
With thanks to our project partners Ultraleap, you’ll be able to explore these stories using new ‘touchless’ technology.
Research for this display was carried out by purpleSTARS as part of the Listening to London project, supported by The Esmé Fairbairn Collections Fund – delivered by the Museums Association.
The Talking Point display is a place to discuss ideas and hear visitors' thoughts. It gives us a chance to find out what you want to see in the Museum of London today, and in the future. Come along and let us know what you think!
“We picked out themes that are important and interesting to us:purpleSTARS
Equality, Cinema, Style and Travel.
Listening to some oral histories inspired us to come up with our own messages about equality as Londoners.
We enjoyed hearing the voice of famous designer Mary Quant and and hat maker Stephen Jones.
In our display we invite you to join in and show your Style alongside a suit from famous designer Ozwald Boateng.
purpleSTARS member Lee Phillips created a film about the frustrations of being stuck at home.
We have missed travelling and visiting the Cinema during lockdown.
We added the smell of chocolate and popcorn to our display to help us remember cinema visits from the past.”
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