LOST AND FOUND
The photographs are of objects found in a house belonging to Dale and Benita Schofield In the Somerset Mendips . They were discovered by their daughter Soraya Schofield and Barry Cawston whilst clearing the house ahead of restoration work on the building which had fallen into disrepair. The majority of the objects would have been Benita Schofield's who grew up in Alexandria and whose forbears including Colonel Cramer-Roberts (1795-1864) spent time in India, Egypt and the Crimea.
The items have been divided up into collections and there is a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lostandfoundartifacts where people are invited to post any information that may help identify the objects, their history and place of origin.
Whilst many of the objects hold little or no economic value, as a whole they offer a prose-like view into a specific family history. Barry Cawston, inspired by his trips to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, is working on both a book and exhibition of the collection which he hopes to exhibit next year alongside some of the artifacts themselves.
One of the most intriguing objects they uncovered is a very heavy box which measures 50 x 40 x 25 (high) that was owned by Colonel Cramer Roberts but for which there is no key... the plan is to open the box at the launch of the exhibition.
Cawston is interested in anyone with their own family archive that would allow him to engage in a similar photographic project.