Imagined Objects of Desire

04 Oct 2010 15:15:17.320

A new exhibition at The University of Nottingham Museum explores the concept of giving personal meaning to objects through the work of contemporary jewellery maker Lina Peterson.

The University of Nottingham Museum contains a wide variety of objects covering a 250,000 year period. One of the strengths of the Museum is that it displays everyday objects which help us to understand the daily lives of our ancestors. Lina collaborated with the Museum on the exhibition — Imagined Objects of Desire — which sees her interpret the collections to create her unique modern jewellery.

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 Lina is also interested in the personal meaning people give to objects and has looked at the Museum collections, both the complete objects on display and the unrecognisable fragments in the basement, and created her own ‘hybrid-artefacts’. This jewellery is part ancient and part new and offers a new and individual interpretation of the objects in The University of Nottingham Museum.

The exhibition also displays the craft work produced by local people. Their work brings together a combination of the groups’ interests in the Museum objects along with their own personal stories.

Clare Pickersgill, Curator at The University of Nottingham Museum said: “Their work provides an insight into the many ways archaeological artefacts, produced and made by people in the past, can influence, inspire and have meaning for people today. It has been really interesting to see the connections people have made.”

This project is part of museumaker, a national partnership between makers, museums and visitors involving 16 museums across the country supported by Arts Council England (ACE), Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and its Renaissance Programme.

Imagined Objects of Desire takes place at The University of Nottingham Museum in the Archaeology Building, University Park, from Friday 1 October to Friday 17 December. The Museum opens Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm and admission is free.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.

The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.

Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives ( in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.

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