Two Centuries of Stink: Widnes

Widnes is a town famous for its smell. This project seeks an olfactory perspective on the history an industrial town in the north-west UK where smell is a part of the rich heritage of chemical manufacturing. The town of Widnes was home to soap factories who, ironically, were responsible for making one place stink in the quest to encourage global populations to be cleaner and more fragrant.

Working with Catalyst Museum, this community-based project seeks to engage a local population to uncover the smells of their parents, grandparents and own lives and generate descriptive olfactory vocabularies for the future.

Date: 2019-2020
Media & size: Digital print, 1089mm x 841mm plus forthcoming animation

2020 (planned for July 2020) – Catalyst Museum, Widnes, UK curated by Dr Jade French

Catalyst Museum

Permanent Collection(s):
Catalyst Museum