Led by Dr Linda Sandino, CCW/V&A Senior Research Fellow, and Zoe Hendon, Head of Museum Collections, Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA), Inspiration Examined enlisted Chelsea MA Textile students to be actively involved in the creation of research that studies how ‘inspiration’ gained through engagement with museum collections is articulated. The project provides a potential methodology for engagement with design collections using narrative research methods. Intended outcomes are academic papers and presentations (one booked for 30 Sept in the V&A Research department) and a microsite on the MoDA website. The project ends December 2014.
Inspiration Examined includes funding for two research assistants: CCW PhD students Maria Georgaki and Catherine Long. Catherine provided video filming and editing expertise gained on an AHRC funded documentary film making course. Maria, whose research is on the ILEA (Inner London Education Authority) collection of design and craft (1951-1976) stored at Camberwell, worked on the verbatim transcriptions from the video and audio interviews.
Inspiration Examined is supported by Share Academy, a partnership project between University College London, University of the Arts London, and London Museums Group – funded by Arts Council England (ACE). It aims to develop and foster relationships between specialist London museums and academics.