Lucy Ireland Gray

2024 - What's In A Shopping List?

Shopping lists, we all write them and they have been around since ancient times. Michelangleo even drew pictures on his, next to items, to help with his servant’s lack of reading skills. But self confessed “nosey parker” and archaeologist, Lucy Ireland Gray, loves them. Having amassed over 300 discarded lists since 2016, appeared on Radio 4 to discuss and exhibited at London’s Museum of Brands.

Lucy explains “They’re little snapshots that create a story in your mind,” she says. “That story isn’t just about shopping. It’s about somebody’s life. That’s the beauty of it.”  In a world that portrays itself in a far more glamorous light, a shopping list list tells us how it really is, giving a refreshingly honest glimpse into another world.