Corby Memory Chest 

Interactive artwork designed to help older people living in Corby trigger memories

We were commissioned by Fermywoods Contemporary Arts to create a portable artwork that would help older people living in Corby to trigger memories. 

Over the course of nine months we visited Heritage Centres, archives and sites of assisted living and extra care in Corby, producing a digital artwork which reflects the experience of the elderly community and to act as an interactive record of stories told by local people.

The interactive sculpture takes the shape of a colourful wheeled box, containing drawers of archival facsimiles which can be handled and play clips from recorded interviews through concealed speakers. This can be taken into the homes of elderly people and used to prompt reflections and conversations between befriending volunteers and isolated residents.

The artwork has been pledged indefinitely to the people of Corby as a way to continually benefit the elderly community and to act as an interactive record of stories told by local people.

Thanks to Arts Council England, Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Made in Corby and Garfield Weston for supporting this project. Special thanks also to staff and volunteers at Royal Voluntary Service, Swan Gardens, Billy Dalziel and Corby Borough Council’s Heritage team, Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands and all the interviewees who contributed their time, memories and insight.



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Listen below as BBC Northampton’s Martin Borley speaks to residents at Swan Gardens, Corby, as they start unpacking memories with a tactile work of art for the elderly people of Corby