Although it sounds like the name of a long-defunct 1970s prog-rock group – The Memory Project was actually one of the Goodwin Development Trust’s greatest artistic endeavours. Inspired by Brazilian artist Fabiane Parella’s work with recent migrant communities (predominantly mothers and children) safeguarding memories of what they’d both left behind and brought with them as keepsakes – Goodwin commissioned Fabiane to bring the Memory Project to life as part of International Refugee Week – smack bang in the middle of Hull’s Transport Interchange.
In a nutshell, 500 random Hull residents were invited to write a single personal hope or wish on a small piece of parchment. These 500 individual parchments were then individually placed within 500 individual vessels and sealed with wax.
The vessels were then placed on the groundfloor of Hull’s Transport Interchange and 500 members of the public were invited to take a vessel home and take care of it – forever. The reaction from the public ranged from disbelief to delight and the concept was enthusiastically embraced by the people of Hull. To this day – on mantlepieces; in corner cabinets; atop sideboards and tellys across our city are the hopes and wishes of complete strangers – safeguarded by people they will never know or ever meet.