Both my parents are avid lovers of history so throughout my childhood there was always a history documentary playing in the background and museums we visited on weekends. Also growing up Dad travelled the world for his job and would always bring back little trinkets and old books back for my brother and I from antique markets he managed to find in the backstreets and alleyways of which ever country he found himself in. From this, my childhood curiosity naturally progressed into a love of history, art and learning about other cultures. I studied archaeology and ancient history at the University of Sydney and had the privilege of volunteering on digs in Greece and Australia during my gap year after graduating.
My artefact is a brooch of a Spitfire my Great Grandfather crafted out of a copper tuppence. He was an aircraft mechanic in the RAF in Norfolk, England during WWII. It reminds me of the fascinating stories of everyday people seemingly mundane objects can hold.