Connect in Laxfield – What’s in Your Shed?

By Caitlin Howells

We are connected in so many different ways, some of which are obvious, like activities we do together, and others that are not quite so apparent – like the things we hang on to, even if we can’t think of a use for them.

Laxfield Museum has a glorious exhibit, featuring the entire contents of a local handyman’s shed. Inspired by the array of rusting nails, bits of leather and old tins, we invited residents to bring along some of the treasures stashed away at the back of their sheds.

Old keys, rusty horseshoes and Victorian glass bottles, dug up when planting spring bulbs, were just a few of the items brought along to the Connect – What’s in your Shed? event held by the church on Friday, 16th October.

People also brought some of the strange and wonderful objects that had been in their family for years; these held such fond memories of childhood Christmases, elderly relatives and loved ones that they clearly could never be parted with.

And then there was the downright weird, like the set of false teeth.

Residents were invited to mould these treasures in pre-prepared clay moulds. The next stage will be to cast the moulds in jesmonite, after which the resulting plaques will be displayed around the village.

Caitlin will return to Laxfield on Friday, 30th October when, with help from Freddie, she will display the plaques in pre-agreed locations around the village.

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