"In 2019, during a MagiC Carpets residency with Urban Room Folkestone and Folkestone Fringe, I devised "Urban Archive: Folkestone", an ongoing project that invites the public to participate in a moment of exchange: a site-specific souvenir (track ballast from the disused Harbour Branch Railway Line) in exchange for a memory and object from their pocket. Folkestone is a coastal town undergoing much development, but the disused railway line remains a physical divide within the built environment. Community groups from either side of the track are continually adapting and changing in response to their fluctuating environment, so the intention of the archive is to present a cross-section of narratives and communal familiarity that represents and unites the town and its people. This project continues to grow and was recently exhibited in Folkestone's Customs House."
You can be part of Urban Archive: Folkestone, by visiting Urban Room Folkestone, & exchanging a souvenir (something in your pocket, or something brought along especially), for your very own unique piece of ballast.