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THE SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL PROJECT: A CELEBRATION OF REPAIR

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BATH EAST BUDLEIGH HONITON BARNSTAPLE SOUTH MOLTON PENZANCE BUDLEIGH SALTERTON FALMOUTH REDRUTH COLYTON BRIDGWATER BARNSTAPLE CARHARRACK CREWKERNE SHERBOURNE FORTUNESWELL BROADWOODWIDGER HAYLE WELLINGTON LOSTWITHIAL

The Small is Beautiful project consisted of a team of three researchers (two cultural geographers and a photographer) setting out to find and visit workplaces in the South West of England where people fix broken things. Notebooks and camera were the project tools, and these tools have produced A celebration of Repair, the archive of texts and images you will find in this set of 20 booklets, the culmination of eighteen months of fieldwork. – Caitlin DeSilvey, James Ryan & Steven Bond

Bath Typewriter Services Cane Corner Honiton Clock Clinic The Cycle Centre Michael Fook Small Engine & Bicycle Repair Mount’s Bay Electrical Helen Warren Porcelain Repair Sew-Quick Star Shoe Repairs The Tool Box Thompson Brothers Ltd. New Life Upholstry F.W. Speller Boot & Shoe Repairer The Menders Castle Forge R. Paveley Tailor J.Rance Woodwind Instrument Repairs Biggleston’s The Abrams Bindery Stick of Lostwithial For further information please visit: projects.exeter.ac.uk/celebrationofrepair Or contact us at: Environment and Sustainability Institute University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus Treliever Road, Penryn Cornwall, TR10 9EZ. tel: 01326 254161 email: C.O.Desilvey@exeter.ac.uk


BATH T YPEWRITER SERVICE LO C AT I O N

Cynthia Road, Bath (no longer trading) DAT E V I S I T ED

5 December 2011 SIB TEAM

JR & SB

Bath Typewriter Service sits in a narrow building tacked on the end of a terrace of sandstone houses. bill collett has inhabited this workspace for more than three decades, servicing and mending typewriters as well as fax, adding and dictation machines of all shapes and sizes. His main work station consists of three long desks, made by his father from three salvaged school blackboards. He used to work here with two colleagues, but their desks are no longer occupied. Bill works alone at the desk furthest from the door in a space resembling a homemade aircraft cockpit, where every implement, machine or tool is arranged within easy reach. Machines once full of words and messages are now silent. The mechanical writing and recording machines of the past have been replaced with digital technologies, which are designed neither for servicing or repair. Much of Mr Collett’s workshop is now taken up with old but perfectly operating machines which, rather than maintaining, he is breaking up into their constituent elements for scrap value; repair in reverse. Shelves that once held working machines now struggle under the weight of assorted aluminium, steel and plastic. A lucky few, the most beautiful or rare, find a home with appreciative collectors. Many others sit on shelves, their fate undecided. It would be wrong not to honour them by at least taking their photograph. – James Ryan


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