Exercise 4.1 Sourcing your archive
The question arises, where will I look in order to create my archive? In order to cover this area properly, I need to collate a list of possible sources to visit and investigate. These will encompass Personal history, Museum visits and maybe country homes where I can discover collections and artefacts. Online resources too will be looked into.
One thing to be clear on, is what is the definition of an artefact?
An object made by a human, typically one of cultural or historical interest. (Oxford Dictionary)
Having read through this assignment, I wondered if there were some themes I could look into and research within this setting. I have thought about personal history especially, what defines me and my family?
I am interested in the concept of what is precious to me? What is treasured by my family members? Often it is not something valuable in a material sense, but an object we have a connection with.
I intend to work in sketchbooks as well as this Log Book, but both will connect or be referenced in some way.
At present I will collate a list of places to visit and family ideas to peruse:
Straight away I think about family here. I know I have a wide range of characters, such as individuals who liked to sew and others who liked to paint. Then there were those whose art was writing. No major exciting family history.
– Photographs and looking at them with family members who know the stories and people, may spark something.
– Letters and pieces of writing – I know my grandfather’s letters from the Navy were kept and his poetry.
– There was also an artist back in the years in my family who was a cartoonist for a paper, depicting the common man, mainly mining historically as that’s what my area is known for.
– Archive style pieces, I can look around my house to see if I find interesting objects to use as part of my archive. Ask family?
– I lost a scarf which was dear to me, given to me by my Aunt who lives in Paris. It was her mothers and had a rich history involving the silk trade. I sadly lost it in Rome two years ago. I have studies it before, but as it is such a part of me, would this be incorporated? I can ask her more about it and also find my images of it, which include me wearing it.
– Think about things I like to do – any connections to be made? Emotional connections?
– What do family members view as precious? Me personally?
Use of museums or other collections
– Wallington (National Trust house) It has rooms filled with museum like objects and I think dolls houses?
– Cragside (National Trust house) similar to Wallington
– Laing Art Gallery (Has a museum section)
– Shipley Art Gallery
– Bowes Museum
– Exhibitions at The Customs House which turn to a museum like theme or are inspired by this theme.
– Past exhibitions to draw on? I saw a few in Paris and at Versailles which could connect here?
– Discovery Museum – Newcastle with local history inside
– Hancock Museum – Newcastle. Filled with stuffed animals and artefacts. Very “old museum” style, at least it used to be. Wooden and glass framed containers and vitrines.
– Past visit to Agatha Christie’s house in Devon, I mention this as she is my favourite writer and thus holds a massive connection with my own personal life.
I am sure to think of more as I go.
With doing so much artist research, I don’t want to fill up this exercise with simply website based resources. Thus I may decide to only use this when needed, rather than the main stay of my core research.
I have scanned in the page about this in the OCA module, as it contains my initial sprawl on the subject, with ideas of my own:
The page above is really a bit of a brain storm, writing down ideas before I begin and forget, as this is such a large project with so many possibilities. My mind set at this time was surrounding the concept of what reminds me of my family members individually, I guess what would I reminisce about if I lost them? What would set off memories again?
To decipher the above here are a few notes (I am unsure if my writing makes sense or is legible)
I have also begun a little note book, writing down thoughts and ideas. I have scanned in some pages from it, each one relating to one of the sections below. I can expand on these thoughts as I go, yet it is good at this stage to have things collated for my own vision.
This is all found in the next section, under the title: Initial Personal Resource concepts.