Does Alan want cheese?

shopping list, lists, aide-memoire, exhibition, museum of brands, stories, quotidian poetry

On Aide-Mémoires: Shopping Lists – An Exhibition

Lists – for bread and beer, red and green apples, dark soy sauce and cajun spice.

Word associations with ‘Martha is crackers‘ and ‘Mummy is nuts‘.

A child’s script. A spidery hand. (Mis-)spellings.

On paper shaped as a dress or jotted with music.

On the back of an energy bill.

Shopping lists on show at the Museum of Brands.

Collected/curated by Lucy Ireland Gray.

Why?

Insights, handwriting, trends, old favourites (Weetabix).

Unguarded. Intimate. Personal.

Celebrations, parties and shopping for one.

The neat hand of a person with time.

The dashed shortcuts of one without.

Tomatoes vs. toms.

Potatoes vs. pots.

Cat treats & codeword.

Lockdown and its dearth of lists (hygiene) –

I remember pichards.

I remember cress.

I remember ‘cauli‘ every Tuesday shop.

I remember lists on last year’s Christmas cards, and the glitter that stuck to my washed-raw hands.

Lucy again:

‘Biscuits for Alan’.

‘Wine for Alan’.

Does Alan want cheese?

  • shopping list, lists, aide-memoire, exhibition, museum of brands, stories, quotidian poetry
  • shopping list, lists, aide-memoire, exhibition, museum of brands, stories, quotidian poetry
  • shopping list, lists, aide-memoire, exhibition, museum of brands, stories, quotidian poetry
  • shopping list, lists, aide-memoire, exhibition, museum of brands, stories, quotidian poetry
  • shopping list, lists, aide-memoire, exhibition, museum of brands, stories, quotidian poetry

Aide-mémoire: Shopping Lists – on until 31 March 2023.

A seventeenth century list: pewter spoons and greenfish.

500 year old Tuscan shopping lists.

4000 years of shopping history.


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