In an effort to be more welcoming of other holidays, London’s renowned Museum of the Home is now reportedly rebranding its customary Christmas show the “Winter Festival.”
The museum announced that it would now “celebrate Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Lunar New Year and learn how they are marked at home.”
A “celebration of the winter solstice via a Black, queer perspective” will also be reportedly be included in the museum’s ‘Rooms Through Time’ exhibit.
The museum, which was founded in 1914, has long included displays that examine household life from 1600 to the present. Its holiday display, which investigated family living rooms from the Tudor era to 2010, has proven to be a big draw.
The museum, which had been known as the Geffrye Museum for more than a century, changed its name to the Museum of the Home last year as a result Robert Geffrye’s ownership of slaves.
“We believe there is potential to retain the statue on site but in an alternative and less prominent space, where we can better tell the full story of the history of the buildings and Robert Geffrye’s life, including his involvement in transatlantic slavery. We are confronting, challenging and learning from the uncomfortable truths of the origins of the museum buildings, to fulfill our commitment to diversity and inclusion.” The Museum said in a statement.
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