But first – what is an Heirloom?
An heirloom is an object that has a special significance and is treasured or handed down through a family, or group, across generations is known as an heirloom. This could be an item of value like jewellery or a painting but it can also be a memento such as a letter, a recipe, or a photograph. Anything that is important to someone could become an heirloom, even a stone.
Use the resources below to figure out what you have that is or could be an heirloom, and how you can use photography to document it and explore your Untold Heritage.
Discover your heirlooms
What are the everyday things you use, wear or play with that will define your generation in the future? Has anything been left to you?
Are their treasures in your family home? Pots, recipes, hats, books?
What do you always carry with you? What story does it tell?
Imagine you had to leave your house never to return and had only two minutes to do it. Which five objects would you take?
Have you got treasured objects from family or friends that you often find yourself looking at?