A broken journey sound recording around the John Soanes museum. In this memory exercise I have attempted to remember my journey around the John Soanes museum days later, using only an audio recording as a prompt. The audio gets split part way through and as a result the chronology is broken and it becomes difficult to comprehend as part of a wider journey. There seems to be a distinct point of reference for me. Coming to the stairway and hearing a conversation between staff members about the telephone there. It’s unclear to me, however, whether that occurs at 2:56 or 9:30 in the recording.
A memory of the journey, triggered by the sounds:
Sarcophagous. Mother & Daughter in discussion.
The leg of a statue on the wall.
The room with the mirrors around the arches.
The discussion about the age of the telephone & when it was installed.
The stairs up.
The small room in the corner.
Voices. Who? Indistinct and unremembered but melodic.
“Here until ….. he died in 1837”
The model room? A table with architectural models on.
“Oh yes ….. No No”
Amongst people, but where?
A door slams
A phone rings.
Is this where I thought I was at 2:56
A cut out.
Audio lost for an unknown time.
“Thank you very much”
The road. Cars.