New exhibition highlights experience of Irish in Britain in 1950s

A brand new exhibition, which highlights the experience of Irish immigrants living in Britain in the 1950s, has just opened at The Museum of the Home in East London.

Brand new exhibition highlights the experience of the Irish in Britain in the 1950s.

Ever wanted to take a step back in time to see, feel, and experience what life was like in the past? Well, now’s your chance.

A brand new exhibition highlighting the experience of Irish immigrants living in Britain in the 1950s has just opened in East London.

Visitors can walk into a recreated room designed to reflect the life of a young Irish couple living in a North London flat in the 1950s. Find out more below…

A poignant exhibition – take a step back in time

A brand new exhibition highlights the experience of the Irish in Britain in the 1950s.
Credit: Facebook / @MuseumoftheHome

The new exhibition is part of the new Real Rooms galleries opening at The Museum of the Home in Hoxton, East London.

The museum prides itself on telling the history of the nation through everyday artefacts. To reflect the nation’s multicultural makeup, the team has updated their popular ‘Rooms Through Time’ exhibit. So, it will now feature, for the first time, an Irish room.

Through items and furnishings that would have been found in real-life homes, the Irish room is designed to highlight the experience of the Irish who relocated to Britain in the 1950s.

What to expect – reflecting the multicultural makeup of Britain

You can view the exhibition at The Museum of the Home in East London.
Credit: Facebook / @MuseumoftheHome

The Irish room is one of seven new installations that will be on display at the museum this month.

Each is designed to represent a different era and a different community. You can take a journey from the 1870s all the way up to the present day. Along the way, discover stories of the Jewish community, the Windrush generation, and the LGBTQ+ community.

Curator Louis Platman spoke to The Irish Post about the exhibition. He said, “We have been capturing information that the history books don’t cover, like what the colour of their lino was when living here in the 1950s.

“These are potentially boring things, that are actually incredibly important when we are trying to put together an authentic room.”

You can find out more about the Real Rooms exhibition on The Museum of the Home exhibition website here.

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