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The Mobile Museum: Marks Gate Archive

Verity-Jane Keefe

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)

The Mobile Museum: Marks Gate Archive

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As part of the artist's wider art project The Mobile Museum, Verity-Jane Keefe will be taking over the Marks Gate Creative Cafe for the day. This will be a drop in session suitable for all ages.

We will be making the beginnings of The Marks Gate Archive.
People are invited to bring in any object, found or owned that they think best represents the estate or where they live.  These could be a piece of tile, a leaf, a photograph, a piece of wallpaper from your home, rent books, picture frames, wedding ring, a momento and so on.

++ There is no right or wrong object ++

These will then be photographed in our make shift studio and collated alongside stories and experiences of living on the estate and objects that have been made in a fanzine for Marks Gate which you will be able to take home at the end of the day.

There will be a variety of materials available so that we can make our own objects as well, these will have been collected from the local area by Verity.

At the end of the day, the objects made will be either accessioned to the wider Mobile Museum borough wide collection or taken home with the participants.

Archive films of the borough will be shown on rotation throughout the course of the day.


The Mobile Museum is a multi-strand art project conceived, developed and delivered by artist Verity-Jane Keefe (with a lot of help and support from various people along the way).

The Mobile Museum is a 2001 Ford Iveco Mobile Library van, now converted into a living, mobile archive for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Used as a vehicle for exploring methods of classification, through commonplace library, museum and archiving standards, The Mobile Museum is creating a new museum collection for the borough – gathering information, collecting, cataloguing and making along the way and offering a new insight into contemporary Barking and Dagenham, and its place within London and the wider Thames Gateway.

The Mobile Museum Journey

Touring 12 housing estates, the Mobile Museum will be driving around Barking and Dagenham, stopping off for a series of making workshops and events along the way, with invited makers and experts: archaeologists, archivists, writers, architects, artists, scientists, local tour guides and many more.

Starting out empty in Becontree which when built was the world’s largest purpose built housing estate, The Museum will be working its way around the borough, gradually filling up with found, deposited, mythologised and made objects and ephemera.

The Mobile Museum will be visiting Becontree, Whiting Avenue, Scrattons Farm, Keir Hardie Way, Thames View, Marks Gate, Gascoigne, Goresbrook Village (site of), Heath Park, Harts Lane, The Leys and Ibscott.

An accompanying series of fanzines will be produced and distributed, one for each participating estate.

The Mobile Museum has a crowdsourced lending library on board, with books and publications donated from across the worls on specialist subjects such as: the city, London, Essex, Art, Architecture, regeneraion, local history and much more.   It is free to join and operates on a trust basis.  This will be open every Wednesday parked at Valence House as well as via the tour.

The Mobille Museum is funded via an Arts Council England Grant for the Arts, with additional help rom 343 Kickstarter backers and a grant from Awards for All as well as support from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s Regeneration and Heritage departments.

Do you have questions about The Mobile Museum: Marks Gate Archive? Contact Verity-Jane Keefe

When & Where

Marks Gate Community Centre & Library
Rose Lane
RM6 5NJ Marks Gate
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)

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Verity-Jane Keefe

Verity-Jane Keefe is a visual artist working predominantly in the public realm to explore the complex relationship between people and place.

She is interested in the role of the artist within urban regeneration and how experiential practice can touch upon and raise ambitions of existing and invisible communities.  

Working with moving image, text, object, installation and people.

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