Twenty-first century Spitalfields is unique in the wealth of cultural and historical clues that are still evident. Everywhere you turn there is a half-story and you are left wanting more. The relics of the past have become part of the present via five people who lived and worked in Spitalfields in centuries past. BELONGINGS tells the stories of the things they left behind.
• The SHELL COLLECTION of French Huguenot widow, MARY MAGDALENE CRESPIGNY (d.1777)
• The PROPHECY CARDS used by Victorian Bird seller, MATILDA CLOVER (d.1889)
• The CHILD’S TOY made by Jewish tailor, SOLOMON SMILANSKY (d.1943)
• The JUBILEE MUGS sold by Cockney Market trader, SYDNEY CRABB (d.1992)
• The TIN OF LONDON THINGS collected by Bengali restaurant manager, JALIL UDDIN (d.2006)
Commissioned by Dickson Russell Art Management for Spitalfields Development Group,
the installation was displayed in Market Street from 2007 to 2009.
Click on an image to read
about each owner
and their belongings.