What does the future hold for London and cities around the world? And what can we, as residents of those cities, do to make a positive difference to our environment?
The Museum of London is exploring these questions from May 2017 to April 2018 with their first ever year-long season, City Now City Future. The Museum will see countless events, exhibitions, creative commissions and talks over the next year which will investigate the ways in which our cities are evolving across the world.
This season focuses on four areas of exploration: the People’s City, Sharing the City, Changing the City and the Future City. Its flagship exhibition, The City is Ours, is created by the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie in Paris, and aims to celebrate the diversity and complexities of living in a city like London. It will give voice to many of the city’s enigmatic and spirited individuals, telling their stories. Within this flagship exhibition lies interactive information about the 25 initiatives being supported by the Museum of London which all strive to improve city life for their local communities. These include FoodCycle, who work to minimise food waste in the city, and Wayfindr, who work to make London accessible to everyone. Visitors are encouraged to get involved with their local initiatives and are invited on a free walk, talk or workshop by the partners of the Museum of London every Thursday between 1-2pm. The exhibition is spread between all three of the museum’s galleries and is both interactive and dual lingual - oh, and it’s free!
On top of this flagship exhibition, the season has hundreds of ever-changing workshops, events and talks. To name a few, it features work by artists Blast Theory, who have created an interactive installation exploring what the future holds for London, an architecture festival for kids and even a lunchtime gardening workshop which teaches you how to reinvent green spaces within the city. But if they don’t tickle your fancy, new events are frequently added to the website, so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye out.
City Now City Future certainly has something for everyone, so be sure to check out their calendar here.