In 2018 I designed a timeline of historic newspaper clippings for the '200 Years of the Westmorland Gazette' exhibit at the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry in Kendal, UK. I worked with the museum curator to select and replicate stories from the Westmorland Gazette archives. I printed the stories in-house on recycled newsprint and mounted them onto foam-core with spray foam. I used a paint marker to add dates along the bottom of the wall with hand drawn lettering.
The display created a sense of discovery by allowing visitors to find and share their own favourite stories from the newspaper's 200 year history. It was inspired by a small room at Dove Cottage that is wallpapered with re-prints of historic newspapers. I remembered how much visitors enjoyed reading different sections of the newspaper, from the weather reports to more serious headlines.
One of my favourite stories we discovered in the making of this timeline was 'Mystery fruit turns out to be a quince', which tells the story of two children who found and were able to identify the fruit of a local tree.
I used this display as the inspiration for a series of workshops with the In The Moment dementia art group. We added colour along with some rather colourful captions to the archival images with brusho and letraset.
I installed the group's work in the window of the Westmorland Gazette Office as part of Kendal's Comic Arts Trail in October 2018.