Cabinet of Curiosity are textile/costume artist Caroline Collinge & architect Edmond Salter.
They work with paper materials & techniques to make exhibitions, installations & participatory arts activities for commissions with heritage sites, arts organisations, museums & the community.


Thursday, 14 May 2015


Cover from a 1928 tourist guide to Severndroog Castle.

Ramsden theodolite used to map England using triangulation.

William Roy: Military Engineer and Surveyor 1726 – 1790.
The scaffolding used to hoist the theodolite to the correct height.
Ordnance surveyors 1879.
We are currently researching a commission to create an installation for performance using our favourite material - paper. The commission for Corelli College in Greenwich will involve working with 100 pupils aged 12-16 years over two days. Pop-up books and paper engineering have become signature techniques for our work with schools but this time we are hoping to create work on a larger scale by creating a pop-up architectural paper scene within an outdoor space.

Having worked with children in numerous schools over a number of years, we devise and deliver workshops that aim to capture childrens' imagination and inspire creativity as this energy can be harnessed to produce outstanding work. Having a strong story or narrative as a starting point has become an important part of this process we have found it usually produces the best outcomes. Working site specifically has been another rich layer to our work that seeks out local narratives with a global significance.

The story of Sevendroog Castle in Shooters Hill is the inspiration for our activities with the school pupils that has multiple strands that include world trade, piracy, lost love, Indian architecture and the Ordnance Survey.

The prominent position of the castle on Shooters Hill provided unrivalled views across London,

Surrey and Kent. The castle has been significant in the creation of the Ordnance Survey with William Roy harnessing the height of the castle to triangulate measurements using a theodolite mounted on scaffold. The castle served as a prominent look-out post for spotting planes during World War Two and more recently the castle hosted a pirate radio station.

Saturday, 2 May 2015


01:00 PM - 17.00 PM

Following our Makers in Residence at Derby silk Mill, we will be present at an open day event at the museum that will showcase the work made by all the participants in the commission. Workshops and activities include: a giant spirograph, paper engineering, mutli-sensory trails, electronic circuits and a DIY marble run.
The Silk Mill residency was part of ‘Institute of STEAM’ that focused on exploring the themes and concepts across the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths to develop ideas around how creativity is integral to innovation and making.
The residency explored the co-production of experiences of making for museum audiences, inspired by the culture of making past, present and future. Makers developed and tested their ideas; exploring spaces and collections; whilst also informing their own creative practices.