With a move to Kent planned it is time to hand over the Leytonstone Museum participatory arts project to other Leytonstonians to direct it along a new path.
Leytonstone Museum began as an experiment for an MA. In 2012 a box museum was created holding 100 photographs of Leytonstone donated by participants. The box can be used as a tool (during handling sessions) for groups to discuss Leytonstone, photography and curating. Pop-up exhibitions have been curated by volunteers using the box collection. The box contains simple tools for short pop-up exhibitions in any location – public spaces, private homes etc.
Leytonstone Museum is also a virtual museum, containing a wonderful photographic archive. When I have the time I invite people to contribute and they do! With the power of Facebook and Twitter and a few posters around Leytonstone, there are hundreds of photos contributed. The blog gets visits almost every day and has been viewed by people from almost all over the world!
With new people involved it could progress to become much more. I dreamt of finding funding and time to allow better prints, more exhibitions, developing beyond photography to embrace history, storytelling, oral histories. The possibilities are there for the planning – anyone?
If you are interested in being involved in the future of Leytonstone Museum let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org
Also the box museum needs a new home. Ideally in a public space IN LEYTONSTONE where it can be borrowed from, used by locals, but cared for and monitored. It is my work of art and I want Leytonstone to have it. So who and where can be the custodian, to keep it in it’s home of Leytonstone?