Unpicking the past
Over the past year, we have had many a conversation with individuals from across Reading and the surrounding area. These conversations have highlighted the role of the sewing machine in their lives, in the lives of their friends and families and, as the stories were shared and the laughter flowed, it drew attention to the amazing ways these fascinating machines can act as a conduit for connecting with the experiences and memories of others.
Across five different community sessions, we used our Barnett collection of sewing machines as a prompt to collect the sewing memories of participants. Some of these were written responses, others were group discussions.