For The Love Of Things


Based in Poplar, For The Love Of Things was a co-curated project between residents of East London and the V&A that explored personal stories of collecting. Participants, outreach and coordination were organised by Curator Samantha Manton and Community Engagement Manager Sarah Green.


Victoria and Albert Museum/Lansbury Micro Museum
Poplar, London UK

14 June 2019 - 28 September 2019



V&A East Project Assistant: Alex Boyes/AB Curatorial Design

Curator: Samantha Manton

Community Engagement Manager: Sarah Green

2D Designer: Fraser Muggeridge studio

3D Design: Plattformer

Content type: Art & Design, Community Engagement
Supporting project organisers through public engagement, liaising with contributors and documenting collections, this was a unique opportunity to stimulate dialogue between residents of East London and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Since 1852 the Museum has been the world’s largest collection dedicated to art and design based in Kensington, West London. From 2023 it will open a new museum and new Collection and Research Centre in Stratford that will reveal how and why objects are collected, how they are cared for, conserved, researched and displayed, and how they help make sense of our past, present and future that For The Love Of Things also mirrors.


Collection submissions ranged from those associated with longstanding personal memories like photographs and children’s toys, to those relating to professional or technical proficiency, like scaled replica furniture used for teaching industrial design. Collections continued to rotate and evolve as submissions progressed over the exhibition’s lifetime.
Visitors were invited to leave their own thoughts and responses when visiting the exhibition, which were later shared with those who contributed their objects and stories. Responses were varied but positive, ranging from wanting to see additional collections added, to wanting to learn more about the V&A in more depth.



Visitor engagement was provided by local volunteers (organized by Poplar HARCA) alongside V&A Visitors Services staff to create memorable and positive dialogue between the Museum and nearby East London communities.
This was the final exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum within the Lansbury Micro Museum. Previous exhibitions that also aimed to engage East London residents included Neighbourhood Number 9 (2016-17) and Seeing Red (2018) that profiled urban and social histories through art and design.




Press and Media
Lansbury Micromuseum,
For the Love of Things, 2019.
V&A, The V&A East Project, 2019.

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