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The Museum is the inspiration

Many people found that it was the Horniman Museum and Gardens, its practices and its purpose that was most inspiring.

All the postcards build up to create layers of understanding and thinking that went into a final piece.


Phil made a large collage, based on all 18 postcards and objects.

Here is Phil talking about his large collage based on all 18 drawings:


Rupert wrote a poem for every postcard drawing parallels between the object and contemporary London life. He bound them into a book entitled 'An Anthropology of 18 Objects: A Field Guide'.

Download the book as a PDF.

At the final exhibition he performed a number of the poems in front of the enthusiastic crowd. This short film shows Rupert reading his poetry aloud and talking about his inspiration for the work:


Debbie created her own museum of objects personal to her and her life as part of the project.

"Objects trigger memories, conversations, research, exploration, dreams and narratives. I visit museums and galleries to trigger my own creative writing practice... my interest is in life writing and using museums and galleries as triggers for writing. I have created my own museum of objects in response to the postcards and I plan to submit my won 18 "postcards" to you."