Celebrate Valentine's Day 2010 with Past Caring: A Celebration of Love in History

By Culture24 Staff | 20 January 2010
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Venues including the Geffrye Museum (above) are taking part in the romance-themed eight-day Past Caring festival across London

Festival: Past Caring - A Celebration of Love in History, various venues, London, February 8-14 2010

Whether you're gay, straight, happily loved up or still looking, there is something for everyone to explore at Past Caring: A Celebration of Love in History.

The innovative partnership between London museums, archives and higher education institutions has been awarded £27,000 to put on a festival of all things romantic in the build up to Valentine's Day.

a card showing a silhouette of a man giving a woman a man a bunch of flowers

A Valentine's Day card from the 1940s will be on display at the Geffrye

"From walks exploring Bloomsbury's romantic past to workshops on Valentine cards and love letters of old, this festival will take place in some of London's leading museums, archives and historic houses," announced project leader Dr Matt Cook, co-director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre.

"The primary aim is to encourage new and existing audiences and to engage in our past in imaginative ways."

a card decorated with paper and fabric

Valentine's Day card (1840-90). Courtesy Geffrye Museum

The 11 project partners include Birkbeck College, The Geffrye Museum, Keats House, Hampstead Museum, London Metropolitan Archives, London Transport Museum, National Maritime Museum, The Raphael Samuel History Centre and The Weiner Library.

The grant is one of 213 awarded by the £20 million Transformation Fund, launched by the government to provide funding for innovative, informal adult learning projects in England.

For a full list of events and more on the partnership, visit the Past Caring website.

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