‘Believe me, I remain…’: Meaning and Materiality in the Mary Greg Collections at Manchester Art Gallery
As a museum curator turned researcher, I am interested in the histories and uses of art museum collections, with particular respect to decorative art and craft. My PhD research considers the changing values, status and meaning of ‘everyday’ objects within the art museum, through an investigation of the Mary Greg Collections at Manchester Art Gallery. Over a period of nearly thirty years, from 1922 until her death in 1949, Mrs Greg gave over 2,000 such objects to Manchester Art Gallery. My research takes the surviving collection and accompanying archive of letters between Mrs Greg and Gallery staff as source material for an investigation of the histories of private and public collecting, the shifting values of objects in museums, and questions of possession, intimacy and meaning in the relationship between people and things.