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Wallpaper in the Black British home

Today’s event will focus on the Black British home in Britain, and the ways in which the choice of decoration – especially wallpaper – have helped to define identity and create a sense of ‘home’.

Michael McMillan is Guest Curator at the Geffrye Museum, where he is currently preparing to mount an exhibition entitled “The West Indian Front Room: three generations of change in the Black British home” which opens in October 2005.

 Michael will discuss the process of curating the Geffrye Museum’s exhibition, with an emphasis on examples of wallpaper that will be on show.
 He will discuss the choices in design and the reasons why some of these designs became fetishised for the Black British community.
 He will also look at how these designs have changed over generations given the shifting identities, desires and practices in the domestic domain.

Workshop participants are asked to bring samples of wallpaper from their grandparents, parents and their own homes to explore connections.


Michael McMillan | talks


Date and Time:

9 April 2005 at 1:30 pm


2 hours 30 minutes



Middlesex University
Cat Hill
020 8411 5244

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Price: £10.00 or £8.00 concessions. Light refreshments included.

Available from:

Bookings Administrator 020 8411 4394 or moda@mdx.ac.uk

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