Reading Week: Exhibition visits

FANDOM-OPOLY- The Vault @ The Hard Rock Cafe London

The Vault at the Hard Rock Cafe is a collection of specially donated pieces of music memorabilia. It is located underneath the Hard Rock Store in Mayfair and it can only be accessed by asking a staff member to take you down there. The name the Vault comes from the fact that the building used to belong to the bank of England, supposedly it is the vault that Princess Diana tried on her wedding dress.


Going into the vault felt like I was going into some kind of secret area that only VIP access only. The door of the vault is still functional and so the staff member has to open the big reinforced door making the experience feel even more special. Once inside you are greeted by a small room full of guitars and other instruments and items donated by some world famous musicians.


Seeing all of these instruments that actually were owned and played by the likes of Bob Dylan, John Lennon and David Bowie was amazing. Most weren’t even behind glass or anything. My favourite pieces were Gene Simmoaxe-shaped guitar ( which looked like it might have been smashed at some point) and John Lennon’s US Army jacket (just because it looked awesome and I would love to own something similar.) Something I found funny was most of the guitars were old and from super famous musicians, however there were a few from lesser known artists, these felt super out of place with everything else. This was a really cool and fun collection to see and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in music memorabilia.


Teenage bedrooms: ‘like a house inside of a house’

Due to other work commitments, I was unable to visit this exhibition myself this week but I will try to visit it in the near future. My review will be based on online sources unfortunately.

This is a collection of photographs by Carey Newson of 26 real teenage bedrooms around London. It is currently in the Geffrye Gallery. Each of these rooms are very different and are reflective of the personalities of the people who’s room they are. One of the themes I noticed through the photographs was that a lot of the rooms were cluttered and full of things, some were tidy, some were messy, but all were cluttered. Also many of the rooms had some reminants of childhood in them like toys even though many of the teens were too old to still own these things, but hey all hold sentimental value still. Is this a sign of not wanting to grow up? My favourite room was Georgia’s from north London as this felt very similar to my own room with poster all over the walls.



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