Photo: Lizzie Coombes

Joshua Sofaer

Museums in People’s Homes

Would you like a museum to come and visit you in your home?

We’ve met with people across Leeds who collect things in their homes – we’ve heard stories about the things they collect, how they collect them, and why they do it.

There’s a woman that can’t resist a charity shop bargain, a bomb disposal technician’s keepsakes, a man that has acquired hospitality gifts from around the world, a Buffy superfan, a recycling obsessive, someone who collects the discarded whiskers of all the cats she’s ever had, and a guy who lives in a house of drums.

Working with furniture designers Plaey, artist Joshua Sofaer has created a mobile museum comprising 14 separate artworks, each of which represents a collection housed by people he has met in Leeds.

Based on the Wunderkammer or cabinet of curiosities, Joshua will present a tour of objects from his portable museum and you can even visit a fun size café and tiny gift shop.

Using a variety of materials and processes, objects which sometimes have little to no monetary value, have been transformed into ‘museum standard’ artefacts, worthy of the high value we should place on people, their stories and personal collections.

Museums in People’s Homes by Joshua Sofaer, 2021. Cabinet designed and built with Plaey.

Featuring stories from the collections of Clare Bentley-Smith, John Boulton, Victoria Boyden, Gill Crawshaw, John Daniel, Tracey Dixon, Kathleen Henwood, Laura Hilton-Smith, Alan H, Ian, Jane Kettle, Christine Osborne, Alison Pidgeon, and Ralph Thoresby. Commissioned and produced by Compass Festival.

Register your early interest now for a performance of Museums in People’s Homes, in your own home, for yourself and guests in 2021. Perhaps you will be inspired to start your own museum too.

Museums in People’s Homes








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