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The alternative history of a Victorian washstand set Meaning, Memory, Transitions

Keyte, Julia ;


My starting point for this paper is a Victorian jug, bowl and chamber pot set, that I encountered displayed in the toilet of a small Yorkshire Museum. The story of this set is the framework for an exploration of literature on how we invest personal, domestic possessions with meaning. Before starting its life in the museum, the jug, bowl and chamber pot set belonged to Mary, the secretary of the museum board. It was gifted to her by a friend four or five years ago, and she kept it in her bathroom filled with potpourri, dried flowers and soaps. When she had her bathroom replaced, there was no longer enough space to display the set. She moved it into storage in the shed, where she kept it on view to remind her that it needed a new home. Then she thought of putting it on display in the new museum toilet, on an old wooden cabinet she had in her conservatory. Her decision to move it out of her home and into the museum toilet was a creative and caring one, which triggered the washstand’s transformation from a personal possession, into a public historical artifact.



DOI: 10.5151/despro-icdhs2014-0031

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Keyte, Julia; "The alternative history of a Victorian washstand set Meaning, Memory, Transitions", p. 247-252 . In: Tradition, Transition, Tragectories: major or minor influences? [=ICDHS 2014 - 9th Conference of the International Committee for Design History and Design Studies]. São Paulo: Blucher, 2014.
ISSN 2318-6968, DOI 10.5151/despro-icdhs2014-0031

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