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2019

Marjorie Violet Mary Palmer wrote the diary in 1936 during the first and second years of her marriage. She left England and moved to Malta for joining her husband, who was a sailor. I found her diary in the Bishopsgate Institute Archive in London. The diary mainly was built up with engagement notes and stood from a female's perspective. It recorded Mary's daily activities and showed a little regularity of her husband's company. The trace of her mood changing could also be found.

When I read the diary, I placed myself in a kind of peeper position. I could find the trace of Mary's life history and emotional variation. The gaps in her diary made me excited and made me feel like a storyteller to imagine what happened during that period of her life. I wanted to represent parts of Mary's life and fill the gaps of her diary, and eventually contribute to the archive in a new form.



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