House of lIFE: Discover London’s most Surprising Cemetery

The Library at Willesden Green

Temporary exhibition: October 2019 – February 2020

Design: Philip Simpson Design

A never before seen showcase of the heritage of London’s preeminent Victorian Jewish Cemetery, which has quietly served London’s Jews in a little known corner of Willesden since 1873. The House of Life Exhibition at the Library at Willesden Green invites a new audience to preview new displays of the cemetery’s rich history, ahead of its opening to the wider public in 2020.

The exhibition introduces visitors to the fascinating lives of selected individuals buried there, describes the Jewish approach to death and mourning, and gives a glimpse of the the cemetery buildings and landscape.  The displays further invite us all to reflect on the people we have lost and how we like to remember them. 

The exhibition is presented by the United Synagogue in partnership with Brent Museum and Archives. Researched by volunteers and designed by Philip Simpson Design, the exhibition is part of the House of Life heritage project of the United Synagogue, which is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Beazley Designs of the Year 2019

the Design Museum, London

Temporary exhibition: September 2019 – February 2020

Exhibition design: Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio

Exhibition graphic design: Zak Group

“Now in its twelfth year, Beazley Designs of the Year is an annual celebration of the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers across the globe today. Nominators were asked to select their favourite designs that inspire, represent change in their field and capture this moment in time. Discover the most innovative designs across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design from the past 12 months, as nominated by the public and design experts from around the world.” – the Design Museum

The State of Education

Honeywood Museum, Carshalton

Temporary exhibition: July 2019 – Spring 2020

Design: Philip Simpson Design

In 1833, the government’s first direct financial involvement in education began with a grant of £20,000. A relatively small sum, this signified the beginning of the State’s involvement in building the education system that we recognise today. We take a look at some of the early developments in education from this time period and what school life might have looked like for the teachers and pupils of what is now the London Borough of Sutton at the time.

Hatch, Match and Dispatch

Whitehall Historic House, Cheam  

Temporary exhibition: January 2019 – July 2019

Design: Philip Simpson Design

The introduction of records of civil registration in England and Wales in 1837 changed the way we record key events in our lives. The exhibition explores the way births, marriages, and deaths have been recorded over time and how these records open a window into our personal histories.

Friends of Whitehall: Together for 40 Years

Whitehall Historic House, Cheam

Touring exhibition: December 2018 – March 2019

Design: Marina Maniadaki and Westco Trading

Formed 40 years ago, the Friends of Whitehall have supported the historic house in countless ways. Starting from Whitehall and Cheam Library this December, this exhibition will travel across the borough, bringing together memories from the group and celebrating their activity.

Touring exhibition displayed banners and an accompanying scrapbook

Shattering Perceptions: The Women of Archaeology

Museum of Archaeology, Durham

Temporary exhibition: June – October 2018

Design: Shattering Perceptions

Images: Jeffrey Veitch

2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the first women getting the vote. To celebrate this momentous year, a group of Masters students from Durham University’s Department of Archaeology curated an exhibition to explore the diverse achievements of women in archaeology. Shattering Perceptions: The women of archaeology’ highlighted the role of women in archaeology from the 19th century to today. The achievements of women are often overlooked or forgotten, and it was the intention of this exhibition to shatter perceptions and celebrate numerous women who have shaped, and continue to shape, history through their exceptional work. The exhibition also emphasised that archaeology is not just about digging, but includes critical work such as bone analysis, experimental archaeology, and community engagement.

The exhibition featured objects that have been studied or owned by women archaeologists from Britain, with an emphasis on women who have lived or worked in the Northeast. It featured personal items owned by Northeast-born archaeologist Gertrude Bell, as well as objects excavated from Jericho by the “Mistress of Stratigraphy,” Dame Kathleen Kenyon. The exhibition further displays groundbreaking work and research from women in Durham University’s Department of Archaeology today.

Shattering Perceptions consisted of several interventions in a pre-existing gallery, which displays Durham’s archaeological history in chronological sequence from prehistory to modern day. Each intervention displayed a different woman whose research focused on each time period and a different aspect of archaeology.

© Sophia Marion Patel