29th April 2020
Bolton Museum’s Mantelpiece Observations to explore the history of the ‘shelfie’

Later this year, Bolton Museum will launch a touring exhibition that responds to a 1937 survey, The Mantelpiece Reports, that focused on individuals’ mantelpieces, and the meaning behind the objects placed on them. The survey was led by Mass Observation – a pioneering social research organisation which aimed to document everyday life in 1930s Britain. 

The Mantelpiece Project will see the creation of Mantelpiece Observations, a new and never-before-seen body of work by renowned ceramic artist Richard Slee. Slee’s exhibition is complemented by a public programme comprising various initiatives and events that also explore the theme of ‘meaningful objects’. This public programme will link together three key partners: Bolton Museum, the Mass Observation Archive, University of Sussex, and the Museum of the Home, London, and is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.  

As part of its integrated, multi-channel promotional campaign, Flint Culture will work to raise awareness and drive footfall to Bolton Museums’s exhibition Mantlepiece Observations, whilst communicating the touring exhibition and partners involved. 

Further information can be found at boltonlams

Image Credit: Richard Slee and his works from Mantlepiece Observations, 2020 © Madeleine Waller.