Begun during my MA at the Royal College, Farm Archive contains many sculptures, drawings, paintings, prints, rubbings and collages. All representing the improvised tools and architectures, created mostly by my Dad, for use on the family farm. The archive has its own system of taxonomies which are idiosyncratic – Round things, Long things and Hold in the hand things, for example. This diagram attempts to outline the connections and makes sense of the archives contents.
Previously it has been shown as an installation with viewers invited to interact and explore the collections. The collection remains complete and is ever growing, recently being gifted to The Museum of English Rural Life at Reading University. Importantly, unlike the collections at The MERL, Farm Archive does not hold any original tools, technologies or architectures. They instead remain in use – changing and being adapted as needed.