Derby Museums is teaming up with local photographer Ofilaye to capture portraits of people with their loved objects for a new digital display at the World Cultures gallery.

In a museum full of objects, the ‘Objects of Love’ collection will focus on the emotional value people place on their belongings; the things people carry with them and keep close, those that are irreplaceable or give a sense of joy and comfort.

Andrea Hadley-Johnson, Co-Production and Engagement Manager said:

“The idea for a digital ‘Objects of Love’ collection bubbled up through the World Cultures co-production process. The gallery is built on a foundation of shared experiences and has been developed with thousands of amazing Derby residents. We’re delighted that such an exciting community driven idea has come to fruition”.

As part of a global study, researchers from the US will also be meeting the public at the museum to ask questions about the meaning of loved objects in people’s lives and how connections with those objects can help us maintain health and wellbeing.

Everyone is invited to bring along their special objects and have their portraits taken by Ofilaye in the museum’s World Cultures gallery on Saturday 23 June and Saturday 30 June between 10.30am and 3.30pm. The museum is also encouraging people to Tweet their own object photographs from home using the hashtag #ObjectsofLove.

For more information about ‘Objects of Love’, or to book a thirty-minute slot to talk to the project researchers, please contact Derby Museum & Art Gallery on: 01332 641901 or email:


Research partners for ‘Objects of Love’:

    • Brenda Cowan, Professor of Exhibition Design, School of Graduate Studies at FIT/State University of New York
    • Ross Laird, PhD, Interdisciplinary Creative Process, MA, Counselling Psychology, Faculty, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia
    • Jason McKeown MS, LMFT, CPE, DCC, Director of Clinical and Family Services Trails Carolina