'I asked Sheila for your email address so that l could say a really big THANK YOU. As you can see l am taking advantage of the little bit of IT technology l have managed to acquire. I have enjoyed them very much indeed. It felt like being a student again. I wasn’t a teacher, wife, mother, helper, carer etc, responsible for others, but just ME […] I have never taken recreational drugs but l was on such a ‘high’ after Monday’s session l imagine that’s what it is like. It seems real stimulation is lacking for most of us ‘ oldies’. I suppose normally we associate we others around our own age and in like-minded groups; but with your sessions the mixture of ages (18—80 on Monday)with such a diverse range of experience and knowledge really gelling together was inspiring. It made me feel young again. Thank you again and l do hope there will be more for us.'
– Jean, proud octogenarian and Messy Realities participant
'Messy Realities is one of the most exciting projects that has been developed in ethnographic museums recently […] it is such a great example of how these historic collections can be made relevant in the contemporary through the socially engaged practice that the project models.'
– Dr Laura van Broekhoven, Director of Pitt Rivers Museum