Unexamined Lives

The story of the 20th century as lived by residents in the Derbyshire village of Borrowash


Unexamined Lives Exhibition Closes With Gala Night

The Unexamined Lives Exhibition at Erewash Museum closed with a Gala Night on 29th November, 2016 which marked the culmination of six years’ work on the Unexamined Lives project. 

Project Director Helen Clark said “We are very grateful to Helen Martinez from the museum and all her staff for the use of the facilities at the museum, both on the night and in the preceding weeks of the exhibition including opportunities for artists Mik Godley and writer, Chrissie Hall, to hold exhibition-related weekend workshops.”

“The Gala Night was attended by 64 recorded invited guests, but the actual number of attendees was probably between 70 – 100 which was a very impressive ‘turn-out’ on a cold night in November! We were grateful also to be addressed by the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, the Deputy Mayor of Erewash. Other speakers were Claire Anderson who interviewed her father for the project and Keith Oseman who told us about the ‘find’ of ‘Unexamined Lives,’ two World War One Death Pennies donated by the Royal British Columbia Museum, Canada and cast in honour of brother and sister Edwin and Margaret Hasse whose names appear on the Ockbrook and Borrowash War Memorial. ”

“The highlight of Gala Night was a performance of three dramatic monologues written by Chrissie Hall and detailing the histories of three women who had lived with their families in the Borrowash house, 17, Princess Drive in different 20th century eras. The written comments in our exhibition book were extremely favourable and I would like to thank everybody, including the journalists from ‘Erewash Sound’ who helped to make the evening such a tremendous success.”

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