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The Collective Memory Archive

The Collective Memory Archive

  • 10–26 September 2021
  • Poole Lower High Street and Quay

The Collective Memory Archive is an investigation of memories, commissioned by Activate in 2020 as part of their micro-commissions programme.

Artist Isobel Jobbins began the project in her hometown of Sherborne, gathering memories from local residents before producing to walks that explored the local area and created a shared experience with those who took part. Connecting past lived experiences with new people, this work promotes a sense of community and togetherness, encouraging new perspectives on familiar places.

For Inside Out Dorset, The Collective Memory Archive is relaunching in Poole: explore the city, and follow the sights and experiences of local memories, discover new areas or layer new histories over familiar spaces.

The walking tours are available to download below, to be viewed digitally or printed out. An audio version of the walks is also available. You can find the audio version by following the link below, or downloading it via the Echoes app (search The Collective Memory Archive).

Walking Tour downloads

Landscape map
Mobile map
Audio version

About the artist

Isobel Jobbins is an artist based in Dorset whose practice explores humour, archiving and creating connections within communities. She often uses papier-mache and model-making techniques to create sculptures that are part of installations with audio. Taking inspiration from family anecdotes her work becomes remnants of these stories. She graduated with First-Class Honours in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins

Visit Isobel’s website here.


The Collective Memory Archive is supported by: Arts Council EnglandLighthouse Poole, DCMS, Festival Coast Live!, SoundStorm


This event is a self-guided walking trail across pavements with dropped curbs.

Further access information can be found through the ‘Plan your visit’ link below.

Plan Your Visit

With the current climate crisis, we try to work in a greener way and understand that we all need to be part of the solution in protecting our planet. We encourage you to consider how you get to the festival and adapt to ‘greener’ ways if possible. Follow this link to plan your visit to Inside Out Dorset.

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