This summer, Christie’s South Kensington presents an exhibition charting the history of the Museum of British Folklore (MoBF).
MoBF grew from one man's vision of a national centre devoted to promoting, celebrating and revitalising Britain’s seasonal customs.
In 2009, Simon Costin set out to realise his goal, travelling the length and breadth of the country in a converted caravan museum. Two years later, Mellany Robinson joined the museum as projects manager.
Since then, MoBF has curated and produced over 10 exhibitions exploring diverse and distinctive elements of British tradition, including popular culture and folklore's influence on photography. The nomadic museum has worked with the Whitechapel Gallery, the Towner Art Gallery and Compton Verney, among other partners.
A curated selection of works from past exhibitions will be on view at Christie’s South Kensington, alongside the museum’s ambitious plans for a permanent home – a place where Britain's rich and varied folk traditions can be explored and enjoyed by all.
21st Century Folk Culture
Figures of Folk
PARCspace, LCC, 9 February – 30 April 2015
Rattle Up, My Boys: The Trevor Stone Archive
EFDSS, 26 November 2013 – 12 January 2014
Black Eyes and Lemonade: Curating Popular Art
Whitechapel Gallery, 9 March – 1 September 2013
Dennis Severs’ House, 14 June – 5 July 2013
Collective Observations: Folklore and Photography, from Benjamin Stone to Flickr
Towner Art Gallery, 13 October – 13 January 2013
The Doc Rowe Archive: Fifty Years Focusing on Folk
MEAL, 18 April – 30 June 2012
Remember, remember: A History of Fireworks in Britain
Compton Verney, 15 October – 11 December 2011
Christie’s South Kensington
85 Old Brompton Road
London SW7 3LD
25 July – 1 September 2016
Monday: 9am – 7:30pm
Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 5:00pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 5:00pm
30 – 31 July
27 – 29 August
Museum of British Folklore