The Limborough Road Project

 

This intervention in a local council-funded museum posed as an innocuous historical exhibit, using the platform to make critical comment upon and invite debate about a controversial shopping development being pushed by the council at the time.

The installation inserted itself into the museum's historical narrative, in a gallery usually entered by visitors after viewing the main chronological displays. It used multiple tenses as well as real and invented artefacts to place the development historically and challenge local people's sense of resigned inevitability towards it. The exhibit featured, amongst other things, local plants recovered from the site (later identified by visitors), and blank maps which visitors used to draw what they imagined the site being used for in the future.

Shown at the Vale & Downland Museum, 2008.

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