Historic narrative in dust revealed by Dr Park – fascinating

Exploring The Invisible



“There shall be in that rich dust a richer dust concealed”

 Where it is left to settle and left undisturbed, dust will form an informative yet fragile grey stratum.  If they avoid the gaze of the avid cleaner, these deposits can be ancient and being made mostly of shed human skin, animal dander, and fabric fibres, a  layer of dust, like sedimentary rock, can hold a fragile record of  life,  passage and occupation. Here I have collected dust samples from neglected and overlooked corners and crannies from ancient buildings. For example from Winchester Cathedral  and Hampton Court,  and examined these under a microscope so that each sample came to  reveal its own unique story. I like to think of these as microscopic sagas that settled directly from the air itself,  long after their participants had left the scene,  and in the ensuing silence, the  room’s atmosphere  had stilled to allow this to happen

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