About Leytonstone Museum:

Leytonstone Museum is a participatory arts project exploring concepts of museum and local identity. Contributors are invited to help develop the project with new ideas and projects.

In particular you are invited to contribute to the online archive. If you would like to contribute photographs, poems, stories or images of artwork to the online archive, send images to karen@pamplinbrowne.co.uk. They can be about anything – people, places, objects, artworks, whatever interests you about Leytonstone.

A selection of 100 photographs have been printed out and are stored in a box museum. This museum is lent to volunteer curators who can hold exhibitions of the archive in venues of their choice. See the curators and exhibitions pages for more details. The box is also used for handling sessions. Schools, groups, residential homes can borrow the box or I can run handling sessions with groups to handle and discuss the photographs.

In addition the museum is now collaborating on a number of related projects.

reside is a collaborative art project started at The Stone Space Gallery, Leytonstone, as part of an artists residency. The project exhibited during the Leytonstone Arts Trail in July 2013 More information can be found at www.resideresidency.wordpress.com.

Another project in collaboration with Leytonstone Museum is a separate Facebook based project curated by Andreas Schmidt who is a Leytonstone artist. He would like photographic contributions to a collection of ‘people of Leytonstone’. All you need to do is join the group then take a self portrait using your computer and post it on the People of Leytonstone page.


To contribute photographs to Leytonstone Museum you need to be the copyright holder.

You will retain the copyright of contributed images, I am seeking permission to use the photographs in the context of this project.  I will own copyright of the images I take of any Leytonstone Museum exhibitions. Please bear in mind contributed photographs become part of an archive for future generations so you are also contributing to history.

Any photographs contributed will be put on the Leytonstone Museum blog and credit will be given to the creator of the photographs when supplied. I can also add links to websites if requested. Credited photos may also be used on Leytonstone Museum’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

In the case of photographs relating to ‘This is Home’ they will also be included in the reside project (www.resideresidency.wordpress.com) and may be displayed in reside exhibitions and on the reside blog. They are always attributed to the copyright holder.

It is the intention to occasionally print out selections of the Leytonstone Museum photographs and exhibit images digitally and/or as prints in a variety of places in Leytonstone and beyond. I photograph these exhibitions which are also displayed digitally and in exhibitions. If your images are low resolution and cannot be printed I will discuss printing with you.

Therefore I ask that contributors only supply images they are happy to be used on the blogs and in any future exhibitions.

If anyone has further questions please ask and do look at the blog for more information!


Leytonstone Museum is a participatory arts project originally created for my MA in Art and Design Education, which I studied at the Institute of Education. For my dissertation I completed a practice-based enquiry into photography, curatorial practices, participatory arts and museum education. I created ‘Leytonstone Museum’ as a starting point and looking at ways photography plays a part in participatory arts, which can encourage learning opportunities.

Leytonstone Museum began as a model of an ‘open’ or ‘rhizomic’ participatory arts project that could be used by a museum or gallery in locations beyond the walls of the institution. Now it exists as an organically evolving virtual and pop-up museum about Leytonstone.

The research:

Gilles Deleuze’s and Felix Guattari’s concept of the rhizome has been important to the development of Leytonstone Museum. ‘Rhizome’ can be used as a metaphor to describe the development of the project, Leytonstone Museum itself and to how learning can be gained from encountering or participating in Leytonstone Museum.

In biological terms a rhizome is a plant, such as ginger, that grows horizontal stems underground which produce new shoots and plants along it’s length. They are unlike tree roots, which grow downwards and are only connected to the tree above. ‘A rhizome can be cracked and broken at any point; it starts off again following one or another of its lines, or even other lines’ (Deleuze and Guattari  1983). I was intrigued by the by a participatory arts project can develop and spread when agency is given to the participants and found ‘rhizome’ to be a good metaphor for my project.

Photographs have proved to be crucial in the success of this participatory project. However the initial idea of creating Leytonstone Museum didn’t begin with photographs (other than that I would take some myself). It began with the idea of creating a museum in a location without an existing museum that anyone could get involved with. The first thing I had to consider was what the museum should collect. What objects would people think were significant enough to be included and what would they be happy to hand over into the museum’s care? Photographs seemed to answer these questions so I developed the idea of collecting a photographic archive. The archive began life as a virtual gallery on this website and can be seen on the archive page.

Initially I invited a few people to contribute specific photographs to get the ball rolling, then I opened it up to the public and steadily the archive grew. One hundred photographs were chosen (mostly by me), printed out and mounted. The prints can be exhibited in pop-up exhibitions curated by volunteers. Exhibitions that have taken place can be seen on the exhibitions page.

To download my dissertation ‘Mapping Ramifications: How Photographs Become Catalysts for Rhizomic Participation’   (10mb pdf) please click:  Karen Browne MA dissertation

About me:

My name is Karen Pamplin Browne. I am an artist, art teacher and education consultant. I live in Leytonstone and work in London. My own practice is mainly photographic and I have a particular interest in personal collections and the way that people connect with objects and places: http://www.saatchionline.com/pamplinbrowne

I am also working on a project exploring themes of home: http://www.resideresidency.wordpress.com

4 thoughts on “About

  1. L Horton says:

    I have quite a few pictures on my Leytonstone website http://leytonstonelondone11.wordpress.com, plus a huge number I’ve taken over the years, if you have any preferences let me know and I can send you some.

    • Hi, brilliant thanks! For this part of the project is about seeing what other people choose to provide rather than me selecting images but a link to your website could in itself be part of my museum if that’s ok with you?

      If you have the time and would like to send me a few specific photos that you think would be interesting for Leytonstone Museum that would be fantastic. I plan to exhibit the photos people that people send me (at The Institute of Education and in Leytonstone) and may incorporate some photos into artwork I create myself so please only send things you are happy for me to use in that way.

      Great website too, I’ll be having a good browse myself and think others involved in my project may find this interesting too so please follow the link above!

  2. Stuart Goult says:

    I am contacting you in the hope that it might be mutually beneficial. I have been left around 300 glass plate negatives by my wife’s late grandmother, I am in the process of scanning them and have come across a few taken at a brass musical instrument maker plus one of a certificate presented to East Finchley Weslyan Mission Band dated 1906. Having done some internet research I and found a instrument maker Edgware in the late 1800’s which became Boosey Hawkes so i assume the two are connected but can not be sure. My wife’s mother has compiled a comprehensive family tree and had already established connections to Finchley prior to the negative being found, so again we assume some of the peole in these negatives are family members. Lots of if and maybe’s ! Are you able to cast any light on this and add some clarity. I would be happy to supply you copies of some of theses images to display on your gallery, I have copyrighted them as I do intend to publish them when I have completed the project, so normal restrictions would apply on distribution and printing etc. Please let me know your thoughts.
    Stuart Goult.

    • Dear Stuart, Apologies for the delay in replying. I’m afraid this is not something I can help you with as Leytonstone Museum is a participatory arts project rather than a museum about history. May I suggest you find out if there is an historical society in the area you think your family lived? They may be able to help.
      Kind regards.

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