Private tours

To request a private tour of Childhood ReCollections, led by the exhibition curator Clare Farrow, please email Please note that this is free of charge but is only offered to groups of four or more people.

Past events

Friday, 6th November

18.30 – 20.30

The Roca London Gallery and Sir John Soane's Museum present

Daniel Libeskind On Memory

In conjunction with the exhibition Childhood ReCollections: Memory in Design (until 23rd January 2016) at the Roca London Gallery, and Death and Memory: Soane and the Architecture of Legacy at the Sir John Soane’s Museum (until 26th March 2016), Daniel Libeskind discusses the role of memory in his work with architectural historian Gillian Darley.

View highlights from the event Daniel Libeskind on Memory at the Roca London Gallery, Friday 6th November 2015.

Thursday, 29th October

18.30 – 20.30

Memory and the Senses

Join us for an interactive journey of scent and material, from the past to the future, and consider how a pivotal memory involves a complete moment, just as a great design encompasses more than one of the senses.

Featuring Roja Dove, Master Perfumer and acclaimed author of ‘The Essence of Perfume'; Caroline Till, expert on material innovation and Course Leader for the MA Materials Future programme at Central Saint Martins; and Amy Radcliffe, currently researching the idea of preserving memories through captured scent, in the form of a ‘Madeleine Scent Camera’. Experience a new scent created by Roja Dove, inspired by his own childhood recollections, and become part of Amy’s research project in this multi-sensory event.

Wednesday, 23rd September

18.30 – 20.30

Memory in My Design

As part of the London Design Festival, the first Childhood ReCollections event welcomes Spanish practice Nieto Sobejano to talk about their award-winning work in the context of memory and invention. Taking inspiration from childhood, literature, film, geometry, nature and music, Nieto Sobejano use the term ‘combinatorial games’ to describe how they play with recollections and visual associations, like ‘pieces in a puzzle’, seeing architecture as an attempt to capture fleeting visions and ‘intangible connections’. In a film specially made for the exhibition in New York, Daniel Libeskind will talk about the role of memory in his work, the parallels between architecture, art and music, and how his childhood experiences of post-war Poland and New York have formed the foundations of his unique design vision. Following the talk, there will be a chance to view the exhibition.