The Brixton Museum is an artwork, a display space and a collecting device to record and share individual memories and the communal heritage of Brixton. The design of the Museum is based on the street market traders trolleys and the roof structure is taken from original scale drawings of the arcades which once stood on Electric Avenue.
Objects in the Museum are not originals but are re-made by the artists, standing in for the objects and stories we have been given and told. Each object represents a connection to Brixton as a home, a place of arrival and belonging. People come and go through Brixton leaving just a residue of their presence, but these traces are important to document and record, particularly as such rapid change is taking place.
The first collection is based on objects brought in by participants in the film Brixton Conversations, and their recreation in porcelain reflects Lambeth’s heritage as a centre for ceramics, while the reliefs are like the magical and religious icons on sale in Brixton market. The silk text works are descriptions of the magic of Brixton by participants.
We invite Brixtonians past and present to contribute to the Museum by offering a story and an object to the collection.
The Museum was designed by Katy Beinart and fabricated by Pomfrey Metal Fabrications, Newhaven. The reliefs are by Katy Beinart and the text works are by Kate Theophilus. The overall project was developed and produced by Anchor & Magnet. The project was made possible through funding from Arts Council England, Lambeth Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, and UCL’s Public Engagement Unit.