I've never been able to walk past a
charity shop, nor resist any artefacts that sum-up British culture. When my nan
Ida sadly passed away and I had to clear out her bungalow in Morecambe, how
could I get rid of those Tretchikoff and Big Eyed Kid prints? Or those poodle
toilet roll covers that she knitted as tributes to her poodle, ChaCha? It would
have been criminal to dispose of those felt Spanish bulls, straw donkeys, Dolls
of the World (in their national costumes), knitting patterns and that cupboard
full of out-of-date mail order catalogues. That brings me onto her out-of-date
food in the kitchen cupboards – surely they would become collectible one day?
Gerardine sold Ida's wonderful 50s and 60s dancing frocks on Kensington Market to get Red or Dead off the ground, but other than those few sacrifices, every football programme, every magazine and every toy has been saved. And now it's all available (along with much, much more) at The Land of Lost Content, a physical museum in Shropshire, and also our unique online archive.