In summer 2013 the Nightingale pottery group were offered the unique opportunity to work with the Museum of London, discovering the city’s past through ancient pottery. Over a period of 6 weeks we visited the museum’s archaeology archive; residents became volunteers, handling medieval pottery and helping to sort and document finds. The group were fascinated by the history of the collection and the scale of the archive. They spent time drawing and studying their favourite items which, when back at Nightingale, they used as inspiration to create their own piece of work from. These artworks then formed the basis for a dynamic exhibition which was first held at Nightingale House culminating in a presentation afternoon which saw residents receive certificates from the team at the Museum. Two months later the pieces went on display at the Museums archive sitting alongside the medieval pottery that had originally inspired their work. 

See images from the project here


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