Monday, 7 February 2011

Taking Stock: 'Everyday Objects'

Six months into the project we're pausing to take stock of the work we've done, and to think about what we need to do next. Sometimes it helps to sort out our research sites by the kind of object they specialise in repairing, mending, fixing or making. So far we've covered (or have plans to cover):

  • Shoes
  • Clothes
  • Books
  • Sewing machines
  • Metal and iron objects and implements
  • Stained glass windows
  • Household various (supplies for repair of--ironmongers)

The list of other objects we'd like to work with is a bit longer:

  • Clocks and watches
  • Radios and televisions
  • Small electrical appliances
  • Bicycles
  • Jewellery
  • Telephones (mobile or other)
  • Toys
  • Furniture
  • Lawnmowers, small engine repairs
  • Computers
  • Musical instruments
  • Picture frames
  • Super 8 cameras
  • Film cameras

We have candidates for most of these (see the Long List) but we're looking to fill out our options before we decide which sites to include in the project. We're only planning on recording 20 sites in total, and we also want to have a reasonable geographical spread across the region (Dorset and West Devon looking particularly thin at the moment). We need your suggestions! Please post here or send us an email. Thank you.

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