|Miriam standing on the back steps - directly above where the concealed object was found.|
At the end of August, by sheer coincidence, I took a call from a lady called Miriam. She wanted to offer us something that she had found in her basement, sealed up behind a brick wall. One of the themes we will be looking at in the exhibition is protection of the home, and often objects sealed behind false walls relate to this idea. Objects that were concealed in houses were usually used as a form of protection from evil spirits, or to carry the spirit of a deceased relative into the life of the house. Objects including mummified cats, children’s shoes and witch bottles have been found bricked up inside old houses. Children’s shoes were even found to have been concealed in the original construction of the Sydney Opera House.
|The (now re-built) wall that had been concealing the cauldron in the basement.|
|The Chapeltown Cauldron - LEEDM.E.2012.0518|
|Miriam and Namibia at Abbey House Museum, September 2012|