Not the most aesthetic things - broken glasses and cups, kitchen sinks, old shoes - are shown in the London museum as proof that most people like to collect trash, and junk is one of the components of our culture. The curator of the exhibition, Hazel Forsythe, said that the broken glasses discovered in the center of London during the archaeological excavations were previously restored.
So, about 400 years ago, the thin legs of the glasses were soldered to the cup to restore the beauty of the original. But then they were again broken and lost in the dump of history, until they were found by enthusiasts of archeology. "The aesthetics of repairing and storing of old things is extremely interesting," - says Hazel Forsyth. - If we talk about glasses, then I think that it was a family relic, that was why they were fixed. Repair of things was not something out of the ordinary.
Most likely, it was necessary for most people. This is a culture that is almost lost today: people prefer to get rid of old things and buy new ones." Another interesting exhibit is a pair of small eighteenth-century shoes made from recycled materials: embroidered fabric could be part of a doublet, and goatskin patches were taken from old shoes. In the XVII century there was an active export of footwear from England to France, and often the shoes were made from secondary materials, since raw materials were not enough.