Home Life

What makes a home? Is it the building, its contents, or the people that live (and have lived) there?

The home is everyday to most of us, which is why it’s one of the most relatable aspects of lives past and present. Not only a place for necessities such as eating or sleeping, the home as an idea of ‘something more’ is shared across widely diverse cultures, both current and historical.

With around 8,000 home-related objects in North Lanarkshire’s museums collections, the different characteristics of our home lives are told through the stories of these objects – how we eat and drink, what furniture we have (and why), what decoration we might use, enjoy a bit of leisure time, sleeping arrangements, or the conveniences that make life a bit easier. All of these are part of the personality of a home, and the people that make it one.

From the collection: