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to preserve (prĭ-zûrv′)

verb [T] /prɪˈzɜːv/

From Old French preserver, from late Latin praeservare, from prae- 'before, in advance' + servare 'to keep'.

1. To keep from injury, peril, or harm; protect.

2. To keep in perfect or unaltered condition, or maintain intact.

3. To prepare (food) for storage or future use.

4. To prevent (organic bodies) from decaying or spoiling.

With this in mind, objects are archived as evidences of our culture for future generations.

The Preservation of Sound

Whether the clatter of the typewriter key, the flicking of the tape as the spools of the recorder turn, or the click of the shutter, replicated to reassure the digital photographer that he has captured his image, these sounds are as distinctive a reminder of our mechanical past as the object itself. Preserved here within the fridge, photographed and printed at almost life size (600mm x 900mm) they are a reminiscence on times past.

cenotaph (cen·o·taph)

noun [C] /ˈsen.ə.tɑːf/ /-tæf/

From Greek kenos(κενὸς) 'empty' and taphos(τάφος) 'tomb'

An empty or honorary tomb erected as a memorial to a person buried elsewhere or where the body has not been found for burial.

During the last two World Wars, soldiers not only lost their lives, but often their bodies were never recovered and they received no burial. Others were buried where they fell, often unidentified in mass graves, the 'lucky' ones were interred in war cemetery’s far from home and grieving families.

In England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Jersey there are a total of 317 cenotaphs honouring these soldiers, this includes 16 which have been 'lost', together with the names of the dead to whom they paid tribute.

It is not known why these cenotaph's are lost, some were erected for a single act of commemoration, others were destroyed by fire, deteriorated, or were just forgotten. Others proved so popular with the public as places to pay their respects, that they were replaced with more substantial structures.

This piece reminds us of the change in attitude to the fallen. Today, technology has altered warfare, casualties are fewer, and each fallen soldier is returned home with full military honours and a respectful burial, their names will never be lost.

Mummification

Mummification is a form of preserving the human or animal body. It has been practised by many cultures and the earliest deliberately preserved body is that of a child found in Chile and dating back to 5050 BCE.

The Egyptians believed that mummification was necessary for the body to reach the afterlife and the internal organs which were removed during the process were embalmed and stored in canopic jars. Mummified remains were entombed with all the other objects necessary for the spirit to survive and secure a successful rebirth in the afterlife.

Prior to the process of wrapping in bandage for protection prior to interrment, the form, mechanism and measurements are all recorded and catalogued before they are bandaged for protection, and interred.