Opened yesterday to mark Queen Elizabeth IIs Diamond Jubilee, the Museum of London
presents At Home with the Queen. This display features twelve professional photographic portraits of Londoners at home with their treasured souvenirs, alongside photographs taken by Londoners themselves with their cherished mementos featuring an image of the Queen. At Home with the Queen runs until the 28 October 2012.
A selection of Royal commemorative objects from the Museum's collections is also on display, including ephemeral trinkets produced for Queen Victoria 's Diamond Jubilee in 1897, striking official Coronation Day street decorations, evocative Silver Jubilee party paper tableware and current Diamond Jubilee souvenirs.
The 12 Londoners professionally photographed embrace people of all ages and backgrounds. They include Mak Gilchrist, a model from the iconic Robert Palmer video, Addicted to Love; Miles Landesman, musician, songwriter and playwright; London gal Brenda Wilshere who grew up playing in WWII bombsites in Leyton; faithful Royalist John Loughery and four year old Isabel who likes going to the park and wants to have long hair like Rapunzel!
Julia Hoffbrand, Museum of London Curator , said: For centuries Londoners have displayed their affection for their King or Queen through royal memorabilia. The souvenirs in these photographs are as diverse as Londoners themselves, and through them this exhibition explores the bond that many Londoners feel for the Queen today, as well as celebrating her Diamond Jubilee.
Mak Gilchrist, Londoner, fashion model, co-founder of the Edible Bus Stop, community activist, and At Home with the Queen contributor, said: I loved the idea of Londoners sending photos of their cherished Queen mementos into the Museum. It seemed like a playful and also celebratory way to be part of the Jubilee celebrations. As someone who remembers the 1977 Jubilee well and having grown up near the King's Road, Chelsea , I associate Jubilees with punk! In my mind being a punk is as thoroughly British as the Queen!
At Home with the Queen opens on the 25 May and runs until the 28 October 2012.