|The project is called 20-20-20 because it will involve 20 artists (I'm one of the selected artists) who will each choose an item from Slough Museum's collection and work with a group of residents to explore a topic using the item as inspiration. So there will be 20 artists, 20 objects, and 20 groups of residents.
Made In Slough
The specific topic I want to explore is Slough's industrial heritage from the viewpoint of the people who worked in the town's factories and offices during the post-war period - the 1950s and the 1960s and into the 1970s. I want people to contribute short reminiscences that reflect their personal experiences. Two hundred words would be perfect or one side of an A4 sheet. If you're not a great typist then record your memories into a mobile phone and send the recording.
Make It Personal
The more personal you make it the better. The stories I've received so far include one about a fifteen-year-old girl's first days at work-earning just five pounds per week - and a very moving story about a father who devoted his life to improving working conditions. One of my correspondents wrote about making small boats and another about the mysterious government work done at McMichael - don't worry, he didn't breach security.
A Time When Slough Made Things
Don't be afraid to talk about what you made and how it was made. The post war years, the fifties, sixties and seventies, could be thought of as a boom time for Slough and the days when Slough actually produced things - industrial production as opposed to modern times when Slough's business community is comprised largely of offices and warehouses.
Slough Museum 20-20-20 Exhibition
The project will culminate with an exhibition celebrating the diversity of the arts in Slough which will take place at The Curve in Slough in December, if the Covid situation allows. Also, I hope to self-publish a small book of these memories and produce a podcast of edited highlights.
How to Join In
If you want to be part of the project
From Slough Museum's Collection
The items I have chosen from Slough Museum's collection are two radio receivers. For me these symbolise the ability to send a message to the past and transmit messages forward into the modern age. And of course, companies like McMichael did produce radio equipment in Slough, so the radio sets are a symbol on several levels. But Made in Slough will be broader that just radio set production, and our snapshots will include all aspects of manufacturing and all types of products-large and small, made in small workshops as well as large factories.