Unwanted gifts find a home

Julia KeyteJulia is running an exhibition and experiment asking for people to bring in gifts they've been given - but which they've never thrown away
Julia KeyteJulia is running an exhibition and experiment asking for people to bring in gifts they've been given - but which they've never thrown away
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A BIZARRE - and bizarrely fascinating - exhibition going on at Hallam Uni this week.

The Campaign For Objects In Purgatory is a display of dozens of unwanted gifts which their owners don’t like but have never had the heart to get rid of.

Among the items are a cricket bat, baby book, carriage clock and indoor water feature.

The moral?

You can never go wrong with a gift voucher, surely?

Apparently not.

According to organiser Julia Keyte, senior lecturer in metalwork and jewellery, pictured above: “The fact people have held on to these gifts show humans can become very attached to things they don’t like because of the person who gave it them.”

It’s a growing (and anonymous) exhibition so if you want to contribute an object - or a picture of an object - you can at the Furnival Building in Furnival Street.

They’ll even give you a badge in exchange.

n AT the old uni, meanwhile, it’s nice to see the incoming £9,000 a year tuition fees haven’t distracted student union officials from taking action on the really important issues.

A new ruling means lads mags like FHM and Nuts can only be sold in the campus shop if they are displayed with a modesty cover.

It’s part of a campaign to stop the objectifying of the human body.

That’s the same union, by the way, which offers its very own burlesque classes for female students.

Contradiction, no?