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Memory, whether personal, local or national, is a new certainty, now undeniably a Good Thing. Objects are housed, buildings and streets preserved not for aesthetic reasons, but on the assumption that the embodiment of memory is always beneficial. Our notion of memory, though, is selective. We have forgotten that quite recently the material encapsulation of memory - mementoes - was in disfavour, and not just for the aesthetic reasons championed by contemporary minimalists.

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