BBC Radio Four link
Driving past Loch Laggan and through Lochaber, and by Loch Linnhe through Glencoe this morning on a personal photoshoot, I had the car radio tuned to BBC Four. Woman’s Hour was on. My attention was drawn to an item about mantlepieces, and what human beings choose to put on them.
I had assumed – as did the presenter before her research – that frequently their content would be symmetrically arranged, feature clocks and matched candlesticks – a hangover from the years when clocks were particularly valuable items, and candles on the mantlepiece in front of the reflecting mirror backing them, would help to light the room. However it seems that whilst symmetry is still favoured by the majority, it is by no means the norm to have them loaded with one’s most valuable possessions, but frequently items which trigger memories of past generations, holidays, or of countries you may have worked in, in the past.
Do we have any takers for a contribution of your mantlepiece(s) as of now, and perhaps an explanation of why what is on it, means enough to you, to be there? Accompanying photographs for those brave enough to submit them would be welcome!