The Library of Ideas

Author Eleanor Wynne Davis and Deborah Aguirre Jones, with an essay by Francois Matarasso

Date 01.05.2013

Publisher Published by Willis Newson Ltd

ISBN 978-0-9571705-1-3

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The Library of Ideas is an artwork installation created by artists Eleanor Wynne Davis and Deborah Aguirre Jones (Davis & Jones).


During the building of the Junction 3 Library and Learning Centre development in Easton, Bristol (between 2010–2012) Davis & Jones met with residents, construction workers and visitors who gave objects and stories of some significance to their lives and experience of Easton. The result is this everyday and extraordinary collection that forms a portrait of the rich community surrounding Junction 3.

At the heart of this artwork is an installation of the objects which is on permanent display at the entrance to the Junction 3 Library and Learning Centre. Accompanying this permanent artwork is the book The Library of Ideas, which draws together the stories behind the objects.

The objects have been arranged both in the library and book into categories according to their stories which reflects something of the distinct character of this neighbourhood.

Remembering and Forgetting

This Place


Distance Travelled

Surprises in Life




Loved Objects


Baptist Mills

What Makes You Tick?

The Library of Ideas was commissioned by Bristol Libraries, and funded by Bristol City Council and Knightstone Housing Association. The project was produced by Willis Newson.