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      Conversations about Home, Community and Identity

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          Despite an increased interest in how societies produce, present and interpret the past, empirical studies of how people make sense of and use the past in their everyday life are less common in public history. This paper explores how people use material culture to make sense of their recent past by (re)constructing personal, family and community histories both in museum exhibitions and through everyday engagements at home. We use two case studies: The West Indian Front Room – Memories and Impressions of Black British Homes exhibition at the Geffrye Museum, London, and the homes of six families of Albanian heritage in Athens, Greece. In both cases, objects play a key role in mediating and reflecting identity and meaning-making.

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                Journal
                2048-4194
                Archaeology International
                Ubiquity Press
                2048-4194
                23 November 2015
                : 18
                : 97-112
                Affiliations
                UCL Institute of Archaeology, London WC1H 0PY, United Kingdom
                Article
                10.5334/ai.1810
                Copyright: © 2015 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY 3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/.

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                Archaeology, Cultural studies

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