The Museum Full Of Things

An interactive performance experience. As museum curator, I guided visitors to ​The Museum Full Of Things through memories of museums. Participants were invited to examine a display of spoons, wonder at artworks and use a reconstructed catapult. Before leaving every visitor was invited to add something to the museum. By the end of the weekend, The Museum Full Of Things was bursting at the seams with new exhibits, including:

  • A drawer, closed, that’s full of stuff.
  • An Egyptian Pharaoh’s death mask.
  • An owl vase from the gift shop.
  • A 1920s self-writing automaton.
  • Pairs of glasses belonging to grandparents and great-grandparents.
  • A seed in a pot, which one day will be a tree that will flower every spring.
  • A pair of fairy’s wings, a bottle of fairy’s tears and a spell book.
  • Magic ball bearings, which enable you to see more clearly, but must be used every twenty-four hours or they will lose their power.
  • Olympus OM20 SLR Camera
  • A bottle of water.
  • A balloon full of stress, which could be burst by the next visitor.
  • A collection of donated family recipes.
  • The trompe l’oeil murals from the Vatican museum.

And all in an old warehouse in Sheffield with only lines on the floor and walls to contain the artefacts…
Performed at Wrought Festival April 2016.


Photographs by Joseph Samuel Priestley, Kirsty Surgey and Shane Surgey.