Here's the official blurb:
Beginning with the creation of an online document archive (www.lewisandskinner.com), the project has since developed into an experimental community research project involving sign writers, shopkeepers, local history aficionados, students and people interested in ‘ghost signs’, or the remains of painted advertising signs. Activities have included a seminar, a blog, an online survey, student projects and a 2013 exhibition in a local café, the wall of which was used as a canvas for the communal painting (by Tony Mead and helpers) of a signwriting-related mural.
Over 200 people visited the exhibition, and the project featured on the Channel Ten news, ABC Radio, The Age and local newspapers.
- Tony’s reflections on the project from the point of view of a sign painting professional
- the widespread and growing use of sociable mediato informally document and share otherwise-forgotten aspects of urban memory, generating a form of ‘network sociality’ connected to place and belonging;
- the proposition that the interplay between digital and physical archival activities can be harnessed to involve and connect diverse groups of people with shared interests, invoking the notion of a ‘museum without walls’;
- some preliminary findings from the project interviews, written comments and surveys
(cnr Buckley and Nicholson Streets, Footscray)