Curious Encounters with Objects Past, Present & Future


Date: Thursday 26 Feb 2015

Location: The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT

Time: 13:00 – 16:30

Cost: Free Event

Come along to the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery to experience an interactive pop-up exhibition showcasing the inspiring work of researchers specialising in design, textiles, film, archives and music.

The researchers will present an array of curious objects for you to handle, and be on hand ready to share hidden stories of their research and each of their objects. Inspired by the Gallery’s current exhibition, Nostalgia and Progress: Illustration after the Second World War, expect to hear about projects which connect the past, present and future.

Discover, for example, research which aims to revitalise materials and processes from the past and explores their potential for the future. Or meet researchers working with archival collections, whose work addresses the issue of what we should keep – and how that material might be used. Meanwhile, consider the overall experience as an attempt to challenge how objects are displayed within a museum or gallery space and how complex the layers of history and meaning can be behind each and every item on view. Staff from The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery will also be on hand to share the stories behind their own collection of objects.

This will be an interactive and informative event open to all members of the public from 1pm to 4.30pm. For all those that take part in this event, tea and cake will be served upon completion of the trail.


The Exhibits:

Laura Anderson public engagementThe Audiovisual Archive: Preserving Film Music – Laura Anderson, School of Music

A huge variety of archival materials have been digitised as part of a project investigating the work of film composer Trevor Jones.  Laura will highlight how developments in recording technology impact on film music and consider the residual value of the objects themselves.


Montu Basak public engagementWool: An Innovative Material for the Future – Montu Basak, School of Design

Today, new uses for wool are still being discovered: its complex structure offers a unique potential for versatile applications. This research project in the School of Design is exploring how wool can be used in health care products to remove unpleasant odours.


Lee Broughton public engagementThe changing appearance of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly on British home video – Lee Broughton, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies

Changes in home video formats often result in film studios creating newly enhanced re-masters of their most popular holdings. Lee’s exhibit will detail the striking changes that a series of such re-masters have brought to Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966).


Elaine Durham public engagementDesigned to disassemble? – Elaine Durham, School of Design

A current research project in the School of Design, Radiacam, is developing innovative ways to recover and reuse valuable materials at the end of life. Elaine’s exhibit highlights how different joint types affect the ability to rapidly assemble and disassemble products.


Daniel Mutibwa / PararchivePararchive: Personal Storytelling, Community Histories and the Digital Archive – Daniel Mutibwa, School of Media and Communication

Pararchive is a co-produced digital resource which will enable users to combine their own media (such as film and photographs) with online archival material from public cultural institutions in order to tell their own stories and conduct their own research in one place.


Unused form for witnessing the burial of a body in sheep's wool (engraving)Wool’s Deathly History – Judith Simpson, School of Design

Wool has served the funeral industry in many ways: used for mourning clothes, for the manufacture of shrouds and for biodegradable coffins. Judith’s exhibit explores the historic use of wool in funerary ritual, highlighting the wide variety of factors that made it the fabric of choice.



Amy Twigger Holroyd exhibitSmocking for the future – Amy Twigger Holroyd, School of Design

The Design Routes research project is exploring the revitalisation of ‘culturally significant’ designs, products and practices. At Curious Encounters, Amy will invite you to have a go at smocking by hand and discuss innovative ideas for reinventing this traditional English craft.


For further information about this event or any of the projects that form part of this wider public engagement programme, please contact Amy Twigger Holroyd 

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