There's a new show opening at the Domino Gallery in Liverpool next Wednesday. It's of work by local artist Jonathon Beaver on the theme Dream of the Dead, Hear from the Living. Back in March, he became the Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies's first ever artist in residence.
Jonathon started his residency on the anniversary of the death of his grandmother and has been exploring themes of family and local history. The title of the exhibition is taken from one of her superstitions. As he explained:
I want this work to explore the family tree and the phrases, habits and memories that disappear from history so easily”.
He's been assisted by University of Liverpool student Beth Grant, who carried out genealogical and local history research in archives across Merseyside as part of her training as an archivist. However, he's also spent time in the Centre for Archives Studies himself, using them to explore records on microfilm and enjoying stitching his work in the search room.
Perhaps you too can get inspiration from archives - why not come and visit us at Parkside, Room P.037?