Museum of Broken Relationships

At the National Centre for Craft & Design we are fascinated by the idea of the tangible object and what makes it valuable and why. Your response to a past show where we asked you to tell us about your collecting habits sparked our interest in the reasons why we collect or keep seemingly worthless objects. This has inspired us to bring the 'Museum of Broken Relationships' to Sleaford.

Created in Croatia by curators Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic, the exhibition began as a local art installation and is now a permanent museum in Zagreb which has recently received the European Museum of the Year Kenneth Hudson Award for Innovation.

The Museum of Broken Relationships collects and presents anonymous objects and stories from communities around the world. From the tragic and war-torn, to the simple, sexy, silly, and downright hilarious the objects and their stories will strike chords of understanding, healing and universal connection in all corners of the globe from South Africa to the Philippines, Ireland to Singapore and from the USA to the UK. Contrary to its suggestive title the Museum is full of hope, life, resilience and inspiration. As the BBC noted: "Original for sure. From the cute to the bizarre, the museum encourages you to open your heart and your mind.”

Our Main Gallery will proudly host an eclectic display that speaks of the personal experience, local culture, history and origins of each item including those donated from closer to home!

Our learning programme takes inspiration from the humour, sadness, nostalgia, anger and heartfelt affection provoked through the exhibition. Join us for a series of film screenings, literary talks, workshops, demonstrations and evenings of music and spoken word. See the Experience and Learn for more details

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