14 June – 23 June

In Jordan, Syrian refugees created a series of shoe boxes to tell their stories. Back in the UK, our visitors as well as architects and designers among others, are given the same challenge. Join us to explore the importance of a home and community for all and to celebrate a united diversity with The Giant Dolls House Project.

Courtesy Catja de Haas

The project team travelled to Jordan with Oxfam where they spent four days working with Syrian refugees. The refugees were each given a shoe box to work with – a blank space in which to recreate a special place, a memory, or tell their story to the exhibition visitors. Back in the UK, children, architects, designers, artists, asylum seekers and visitors to the museum are being set the same challenge in response to those from Za’atari.

The boxes will be displayed together, linked by ramps and ladders to create a giant dolls’ house. Each contribution has a story behind it: the volleyball field in Za’atari camp, the wedding dress or the simple bedroom view. This web of connected spaces and stories breaks down boundaries by showing that people are equally idiosyncratic with similar dreams and aspirations.

During special workshops, visitors will be encouraged to think with their hands by creating their own shoe box. More

Stand As One is Oxfam’s campaign supporting and calling for the rights of refugees.

The Giant Dolls’ House is working with Oxfam as part of the Stand As One Campaign, Refugee Week and the London Festival of Architecture. The Giant Dolls house is the initiative of Catja de Haas, a London-based architect.