I had never been to Islington Museum before going on a pre Material Memory project recce. The reason? Well, mostly because I don’t live there, and to be honest, even if I did, it’s a bit tricky to find, hidden beneath Finsbury Public Library; but then is it not often the case that you have to venture below the surface to find hidden treasure?
And what a subterranean treasure trove of Islingtonian history! As culturally rich and diverse as the people from all walks of life who have lived in and contributed to this popular and vibrant London borough.
The glass fronted entrance fittingly reflects the open and informal atmosphere of the small, but well stocked, museum. Its knowledgable staff are welcoming and unstuffy giving the museum an accommodating ‘approachable -ness’ not always noteworthy of larger institutions.
Not being from Islington, or even London turned out to be a common thread, with participants originating from from England, Scotland, U.S.A, Portugal, Iran, India, Kenya and Italy .We are a truly international quilting team!
Can’t wait to delve into the archives and draw out and add to the many narratives waiting to be discovered. Even more interested to see how they will be interpreted and re-awakened by the Material Memory participants.