Anna McNay

Review of Sara Davidmann: Ken. To be destroyed at Museum of Liverpool


Sara Davidmann: Ken.
To be destroyed

Museum of Liverpool

10 June – 7 July 2014

“Once again for pity’s sake don’t tell anybody.”

A family secret, hidden for a lifetime, and revealed only
now, as part of a scrapbook-like exhibition, opened at the Museum of Liverpool
during the Un-Straight Museum conference at the start of June.

After her mother was taken into a nursing home, photographer
Sara Davidmann was clearing the garage when she came upon two large manila
envelopes and a brown paper bag. One of the envelopes was clearly labelled in
her mother’s handwriting: “Ken. To be destroyed”.

Ken, or K as Davidmann refers to him now, was her uncle. He
had married her mother’s younger sister, Hazel, in 1954, when K was 34 and
Hazel 29. They had lived out their married life in Edinburgh, and, after
Hazel’s death in 2003, were buried side by side.

But, under the surface, K and Hazel’s marriage hid the
family’s great untold secret.

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