The Stories Behind Our Favourite Things

Posted on 9 June 2017

A talk on the subject of the emotional significance of certain precious things in our lives

A group of researchers will discuss the results of a web-based survey looking at the significance of precious objects in our lives.

Using the survey submissions as a starting point, Taryn Bell, Dorothea Debus, Paul Mills and Penny Spikins will explore the theme of the story of things from three different but complimentary perspectives: philosophy, archaeology and poetry. How do objects which often have no economic value provide us with a sense of comfort? What stories lie behind significant objects? Can treasured objects help us to reduce stress and anxiety and improve wellbeing?

In addition to the talk, a new series of podcasts called The Story of Things starts soon. You can listen to the trailer at

The free talk takes place at The Treehouse, Berrick Saul building (map|getting to campus) on Wednesday 14 June 2017 at 6.15pm.

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