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FESTIVAL OF HOME Museum of the Home , London 18-19 September In the first of what will be an annual festival , the Festival of Home features an eclectic line-up of live and online events focusing on what goes into creating and cherishing our homes . museumofthehome . org . uk
Museum of the Home : the recreation of an 1870 parlour ( left ) contrasts with a front room circa 1976 by Michael McMillan ( right )
For time immemorial , home has been a place to return to , a sanctum with a front door to separate ourselves from everything else outside . Covid confined millions to their homes overnight , turning them into offices , gyms and playgrounds . Repainting the walls , rearranging the bookshelves and reupholstering cushions may not be able to make us shake the feeling that we ’ ve seen it all before . But now we ’ re – hopefully – emerging on the other side of the pandemic , how do we repossess our homes ? “ We need to open up the conversation around homes as workplaces ,” says Sonia , “ and make space for the things we love . Covid pushed the limits of what home can be and there ’ s something wonderful about that .” At the Museum of Home there is a 1759 letter from a man who had recently moved to London from the Midlands , complaining about how the city is expensive and dirty and that he misses his mother ’ s cooking . Our relationship to material culture , our ability to have things , or our understanding of comfort and privacy may change . But the fundamentals of home remain the same : it ’ s a place of safety and security , where food is on the table and you ’ re surrounded
ABERGAVENNY FOOD FESTIVAL 18-19 September A foodie favourite , Abergavenny attracts some of the biggest names in artisan food production alongside top chefs and food writers . Take your pick from events including tastings , demos and foraging expeditions . abergavennyfoodfestival . com
CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL 8-17 October The world ’ s oldest literature festival returns after a one-year hiatus to the splendour of Regency Cheltenham . Big names , including Jeanette Winterson , Richard Coles , Joan Bakewell and Joe Wicks , line up alongside up-and-coming voices in fiction and poetry . cheltenhamfestivals . com
MASTERPIECES IN MINIATURE Pallant House Gallery , Chichester Until spring 2022 Last year , Pallant House opened a model art gallery to showcase tiny original artworks by 34 of the UK ’ s best-loved contemporary artists , including Grayson Perry and Gillian Wearing . Ranging in scale from the size of a pound coin to 20cm , all the works were created during lockdown . pallant . org . uk
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