On Thursday last week we gained a new follower on Twitter in the form of @MoMLondon. As usual, I pottered over to say thank you for following us and have a look at who our newest follower was, and then I realised that MoM stood for Museum of Motherhood. How could More than a Mum not be interested in a Museum of Motherhood? I had to find out more.
The Twitter bio says,
MoM – the 1st of its kind in Europe – launching June 21st 2012 @ V&A Museum of Childhood
A museum of motherhood within the museum of childhood: what a brilliant idea. As we often say, a happy and fulfilled mother makes a happy and fulfilled child. Mums are something everyone has experienced; we all have a mother. Celebrating motherhood in all its many guises is long overdue!
So having seen this I chatted with @MoMLondon and discovered a lot more, which has only increased my want to visit the exhibition.
The press release says,
The Museum of Motherhood (MoM) is a brand new pop-up museum, which asks what it means to be a mother. The first of its kind in Europe, MoM tells 20 unique stories of motherhood from communities diverse in faith, culture and sexuality. Visitors will get an insight into the reality of motherhood, from the perspectives of both mother and child; the struggles, the rewards; the sad times, the comical moments; the unconventional experiences, as well as the traditional.
There is also an exploration of fostering; a focus on multi-faith integration; and the whole thing (including the associated book) is fundraising for maternal healthcare in Bangladesh.
All in all the Museum of Motherhood sounds like a fascinating proposition. There is already one in NYC. So, if this has peeked your interest in the same way that it has peeked ours, here are the details:
The launch event takes place appearance at the V&A Museum of Childhood on Thursday 21st June. Doors open at 6:00pm, with speeches at 7:00pm. There will be three guest speakers; Rushanara Ali MP (Shadow Minister for International Development), Ruth Turner (Chief Executive of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation) and Pinky Lilani OBE (Founder of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards).
Tickets will be available on the door for £10. A limited number of discounted tickets, priced at £8, are now available online at: http://www.eventelephant.com/MoM
We’ll no doubt write about it again once we have visited. See you there!