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The Secret Life of the Home tells the story of how our homes have changed over time and reveals the hidden workings of everyday household objects.

Photograph of the toilets on display in The Secret Life of the Home gallery

It shows domestic technology from the late 19th century through to the early 2000s. There are many intriguing items from the past and some that might look familiar from our homes today. The gallery shows that, as our lifestyles have changed, we have created better and more efficient gadgets as we expect things to be faster, cheaper and easier to use.

Download the gallery guide to support your visit. The guide includes a map of the gallery, key objects not to be missed and discussion questions to try out with your group during the visit.