My first photos (on iPad) are of how the museum looked when I arrived. All brass pieces. A brass plug and chain found by Daisy and retrieved from a skip plus a brass lamp stand, which just stands up within the cabinet so it appears to be touching the padlock on the shelf above.
Over 50 items now.
I’m going to label any items I log today with the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, starting with the 9th which is 34 (our conventional numbering system was hijacked by Martin who proceeded from Daisy’s number 32 to 3.1415, 1729, 1.618, 714969 then I joined in with 5022996, 5151, √-1 (though I put √-2… Someone has taken a disliking to my 2 and changed it!), 111, 3839, 0.414, 198, 0.39, 984, 1101,?, 999, 0, some of these are Daisy, some Martin. I followed his shaking up the number system, sometimes using his suggestions of interesting numbers and at others using something on the object to direct the number allocated.
11.24am received the comment ‘you look happy in your work’ – I was in the midst of re-arranging and discovering new acquisitions.
I have arranged the display once today and taken my time over it – especially the (mostly) china fragments found by Ecce in her garden. It feels very soothing in the methodical nature of arranging them. I was just getting them out of the tub to see what was there and had arranged them by colour without thinking and decided to display them in this way.
In my own work I am at a sticking point where to get things moving requires form filling, sourcing further photographs, getting photos ready to print and finding an inkjet printer to borrow. Arranging objects, especially the 188 fragments is especially appealing.
Just spoken to a lady who said the pregnancy testing kit might be explained by the fact that Tesco’s sell 2 for £2.50 and the two tests are in one packet.
I had a wander around Ludlow at lunchtime and got another key from Timpson’s and once back at the museum set to sketching the fragments of china.