The people of Cowley photographed with an object dear to them, and their thoughts on that object. From this series of portraits and reflections a community portrait emerges that celebrates diversity and shared history.
My mother designed and stitched it herself. I take it wherever I live.
My music helps me to express my feelings and talk about things that are important to me
This tool was used by my mother to start my sister lock hair journey. It is also used to re-lock my hair every six weeks.
I sing from the heart
My dad bought me this, thank you Dad...
It connects me to the sea
My dad presented me this watch as a reward
because I made him proud, as I am the first
person from my entire family who graduated
from university abroad.
I chose this papier-mache hare because I enjoyed
making it and I love animals. I used it as
part of the display in my jewellery
I carried the Olympic flame. It was wonderful.
Many of the people I've worked with
in Cowley cheered me on the way. That
made it fantastic
This box is important to me as it reminds me of the
This picture is important to me because I won first
prize out of a thousand and it reminds me
I like pictures of people holding snakes. I like the
whole thing of holding a snake
I found it!
It was given to me , as a young girl, by a jewish gentleman Mr L Waltman. His family was evacuated during WWII and I'm still in touch with his niece.
Because they are blue and yellow
I use it all the time
I've had it since I was a baby
An Oxford doubledecker bus of the 1960's/70's. I was the manager of the bus company at that time and was ordained as a priest (non-stipendiary) in the Church of England and am currently part of the ministry team in the parish of Cowley (St. James)
It is very important to me – I wear it every day since
I went back to church when my wife died, but my children were christened in
This apron reminds me of the many hours spent carrying
trays for the senior folk of the parish
Music has been my life for 60 years, as a player and
recently as a conductor of Jubilee Brass Band (Oxford). My musicians find it
easier to follow my beat with the baton
I play for City of Oxford Silver Band and the
organisation is a big part of my life and now I have met a lot of friends since
moving to Cowley 7 years ago
He likes the voice
Flowers have featured throughout my life. They are the
most important objects in my environment and well-being
It’s where you can breath more freely, soar like you
have wings and be at one with nature
I remember back home
I like music
I love gardening so it’s got to be my wellies and my
Photography is a big part of my life
I’m making this chandelier from recycled plastic
bottles – I shape them using a blow torch
Molie, my daughter, bought these pendants when she was
seven, one for me and one for her, at Glastonbury festival. They represent
Guider’s badges – Guides is part of my life and the
badges recognise the amount of time I have done Guides, and symbolises
A seed purse that belonged to my grandmother
I purchased the cat from a school outing to Cheddar
Caves, for my mother in approximately 1958. She always kept the cat on her
window sill and when she passed away I took the cat and now it lives with me
It enables me to breath. When I was a child they
didn’t exist and I had vivid memories of nights where my parents nursed me
through many asthma attacks. The inhaler also enabled me to participate in
sport which I absolutely love
John Allan’s steam roller in cross stitch. The Local
firm of John Allen is a part of the history of Cowley.
He was given to me on my wedding day, listens to all
my joys and troubles and never answers back
My husband bought it for me on our twentieth
This scarf was produced to celebrate Oxford United
reaching the final of the milk cup at Wembly, 1986. I’m a life long supporter
of Oxford United and this is the pinnacle for the club
2 Wedgewood vases
He is over 35 years old
I like to keep my hair looking good.
It was made by a women’s art cooperative which I got
to know when I lived in El Salvador. The cross shows how God is present in
everyday life - collecting milk, sowing seed and in the home. It also shows how
God is present among the poor.
Goonies is one of my favourite films, it reminds
me of my childhood
They remind me of my daughter’s first dance classes
It has been a constant companion for the past eight
years. My wife and band mates clubbed together to buy it for me as a birthday
I made this with my sister
It contains the code by which I try to live by (often
failing) for many years and shows the love of God
I have chosen my colourful Unity Jill.
A celebration of multicultural Britain
It belonged to my father who was a miner in south
Wales for six years (1920 – 1926). During the 1926 General Strike he went to
north Wales and worked in the slate quarries, then came to England and worked
in Dudley, Birmingham and then, eventually, came to Oxford and worked in the
Pressed Steel factory in Cowley. The coal dust he inhaled as a miner eventually
contributed to his death in 1977. The miner’s lamp reminds me of the hardship
and the suffering which the miners went through. Their love of singing helped
them through the hard and difficult times. In the 1930’s he joined the Oxford
Welsh Glee Singers and sung with them until the end of his life
It is the best silk scarf I have designed and painted
and represents my skill as an artist. It was painted in 1991 or 92
My hat because of it’s religious meaning. Wheelchair
because it’s my legs and dog walker.
It was given to my mother, many years ago, who comes
from an old Cowley family
stocks chairs were made from a tree that used to
stand where the stocks once were in Cowley.
So little is known by local people!!!! about the
Cowley villages, ie: Temple Cowley, Church Cowley, Middle Cowley.
I bought it in the1970’s – it’s a very pretty thing
and I still use it
It was my grandmothers, I wear it every day
They look good and play a big part in my work as they
are mannequins for wigs
It shows our son’s christening photo at St. James
It was my grandfather’s – he was American and couldn’t
join the forces so he joined Oxford constabulary instead
Interesting to studying, everybody has some and there
is huge variety.
This photo is of Morris Motors and Cowley swamp. I was
born in a cottage on Rymers Lane, there was no other houses there then – I have
no family left now, I’m the last one.
My hat is
my favourite object – lucky number seven!
It promotes local history with its connections with
the Florence Park Community Centre in Cornwallis Road, Cowley
Lola loves them!
The bust belonged to my grandad. It’s been broken many
times by children and dogs, and sometimes we’d go round and it would have been
painted again in random colours. It has never been looked after, but it’s the
one object I always remember.
I wore these gloves when I arrived in England in 1956,
I only made it
last week – several people have asked to buy it!
I like games.
I’ve always got a rucksack on
I like balloons
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