Baby You can Drive My Car…To My Museum: Sir Paul McCartney visits his family home, Forthlin Road.

I just did a guest blog for The Thing House, you can check it out here.  I recommend you all follow their work as they provide a wonderful and unique perspective into museums. Because of slightly different formats of their web-page, I have a little extra information for you below:

This post is inspired by James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney. When Sir Paul walked into his childhood home, now a National Trust property, something quite unique happened. Because historical house museums present quite a unique exhibition space. They present an exhibition of a moment frozen in time: The owner is forever a second away from stepping back inside and taking control of the space. In my blog I use the film Julie & Julia (2009) as an example: 

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Julie & Julia (2009). Musealised, recreated kitchen of Julia Child. Copyright: MARK, L., et al. (2009). Julie & Julia. Culver City, Calif, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The camera pans into the kitchen, protected by a rope-barrier, demonstrating that this is a museum space and therefore different rules apply than in a normal kitchen. As the light in the room changes the camera pans in through the looking-glass. Julia Child herself walks in and starts cooking:

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Julie & Julia (2009). The ‘authentic’ kitchen of Julia Child. Copyright: MARK, L., et al. (2009). Julie & Julia. Culver City, Calif, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

As with Julia Child, Sir Paul McCartney did return. What does that mean for the exhibition? Was he the curator, visitor or exhibit? To find out, please check out my blog post at The Thing House.

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