A play about what we leave behind and what people choose to remember of us, ‘Preservation’ was inspired by a visit to the Museum Willet-Holthuysen in Amsterdam in 2011. This canal house was left to the city of Amsterdam in 1895 on the condition it was preserved and opened as a museum – which it now has been, with rooms full of the luxurious possessions of the former occupants, a married couple who were the city’s most famous socialites. During our visit the house was also filled with (rather Auton-esque) mannequins displaying beautiful work by local fashion and textile design students.

I’ll have more to say about this as the play script develops, but for now what I really have for you is a question:

If you could leave one possession to a museum, one object to represent you and your life – what would it be?

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