Type
Trail

Theo Sayers imagines the story behind an archive photograph in the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences.

In 1900, in Barrington, near Cambridge, three men pose for a photograph alongside a partially-excavated fossil rhinocerus skill.
How can we imagine the interactions between these three men from very different social classes. Were they respectful of each other's knowledge? Or was it strongly hierarchical?

Theo writes,
"I was drawn to the object for its local origin and the opportunities the photograph presented for storytelling. Focusing on quarryman Arthur Hardman, I used some creative license to imagine aspects of his life and how he may have felt towards the other men in the photograph. I wanted to pay tribute to Arthur as I saw him as the most humble of the three men. I think museums should more often celebrate figures like Arthur, who are instrumental in finding these objects."