28 March 2011

What's international in your home?

Yes, that's right, we want to hear from you!

The World at Home project is looking at ways in which the English home has been influenced by objects and cultures from all over the world for centuries. But we want to use our blog to make this project about homes everywhere in the world. There's a good chance that your home, wherever you are, contains many things that started their life in another country.

Maybe you brought something back from holiday. Or maybe someone brought it back for you. You could have had something delivered from overseas, or perhaps you live elsewhere and have something that started life in England.

As an example, here's something one of us found in our English home:
These adorable little pandas were a gift from some one who went travelling - they came all the way from China in the 1980s! Giant pandas are often seen as a symbol of China, since that's the only country where they're found in the wild, so they make a great reminder of a trip to that country.

Wherever you live and whatever kind of home you have, we want you to photograph your home's international objects and tell us about them.

We've set up our very own group for you to contribute your pictures. Once you've uploaded them to your Flickr account (see our previous post about joining Flickr - it's easy!) join our group and click 'add something' to contribute your images. Tell the international story of your object in the photo's description.

This way, we can collect your images and make our own online gallery of photographs.

You don't need to be a professional photographer, or even have a camera - a mobile phone shot will do, or maybe you could even draw us a picture. We want to get as many people as possible exploring their home for international influences, and then let you share them with people all over the world! If you can't get us a picture, tell us about your international objects in the blog comments.

Our favourite images and/or stories from the group will be posted here on the blog next Saturday (9th April). Maybe yours will make it through!

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