The MMU archives visit inspired a new motivation into the impact that researching has on the development and outcome of a project. On the visit, we are shown a diverse range of artifacts collected from various locations, eras and industries; 3D printed plastic fabric, woven glass, pattern prints, paper light sculptures and most interesting of all (in my opinion) the journals written by women on the 19th century. I had found this practice was very popular for upper class women during the analysis of the Liddells for Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. The women of these families would have been encouraged to assemble these books, often in recording social events, historical documentation and to express creativity – it is all they would be allowed to do, after all.
We also learned that these archives hold many historical children’s books and literature. I can see this being an essential source of inspiration for future projects in narrative and classic storytelling.