We commissioned four makers to create exhibits inspired by the oral history recordings. We selected submissions that were as varied as possible, in a range of media, from creators with very different ideas for exhibits that could be displayed in quite distinct settings, from empty shops to libraries and community spaces. Each exhibit incorporates a selection from the audio recordings in some way. The aim is to provide interesting ways for people to encounter the oral history material.
Emily Tracey is a London based artist who has made site specific, socially engaged projects inspired by place, history and communities since 1994. ‘Speaking Volumes’ is a book art installation, consisting of two sculptural stacks of books, with added inserts and images. They are entitled ‘Me Automatic’ and ‘Mondays’ and are inspired by the descriptions of women’s working lives in the recordings.
From Our Street
Leigh Barton is a decorative sign painter and artist, who’s work is influenced by traditional sign painters and graphic designers, and incorporates themes from popular culture. 'From Our Street' consists of a number of signs and decorated objects inspired by phrases and stories from the oral histories, including display bottles from shop windows, and a gravedigger’s spade.