A monthly reminiscence sessions for older people - enjoy a cup of tea and share your memories.
The Changing ‘Front Room'
· Tuesday 22 October, 2 - 4pm
This was the best room in the home, usually kept for visitors and furnished to the highest standards that could be afforded. Once there would be a piano for a recital or a sing-a-long, depending on class, but that changed with the arrival of the radiogram, or maybe a simple record player.
New arrivals from the Caribbean introduced other ideas and approaches. A drinks cupboard in the corner for hospitality, hand-crocheted mats and different ornaments and pictures to express their individuality. There were more vibrant colours and patterns in the furnishings and wallpaper, inspired perhaps by the work of Trinidadian textile designer, Althea McNish.
The front room continued to change, always reflecting the culture and aspirations of the family wherever they came from.
What do you remember of your family front room and what changes did you make to your own? Take along pictures, or examples to join the ones from the collection – and enjoy a cup of tea with friends.
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