When is an object an artefact?

Karina Croucher

Art work produced by school learners, on display in Manchester Museum

I recently had the great pleasure of co-leading a project, ‘Dig: Creative Interpretations’, working with schools in Greater Manchester, around the topic of parks, drawing on material from the Whitworth Park Excavations. For our particular part of the project, Melanie Giles and I led a team of PhD students (Ellon Souter, Jodie Kim and Jenna Ashton), who worked with local primary and secondary schools to produce some amazing postcards and poems, as a part of a workshop which reflected on issues of use, and the ownership of spaces, in parks.

photo 5 (2) Everyday objects become artefacts

Old bottles on display

The postcards and poems went on to form a component of a recent exhibition at Manchester Museum.   Aside from being immensely proud to have work included in the exhibition, it was fantastic to see everyday objects taking centre stage…

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