Lessons in Gravity is a collection of poems written by young people aged 15–24 at Museum of the Home in Hackney, East London.
From March to July 2022, young people worked alongside Hackney poet Anthony Anaxagorou to co-produce an anthology of new work as part of the Museum’s Young Producers Programme. The programme aims to give young people from the local community opportunities for creative skill development, to contribute to cultural debates and collaborate with the Museum’s artistic programme.
This project, in collaboration with The Poetry Society, explored themes of power, identity and the legacy of colonialism related to the statue of Robert Geffrye that stands on the front of the Museum’s buildings.
Since 2021, Museum of the Home has been working with local youth, faith and community groups, artists and other collaborators, on a programme of interpretation and exploration of this painful history and its intersections. This poetry anthology is one outcome of this programme.
To learn more, please go to https://www.museumofthehome.org.uk/what-we-do/our-story/