Ken Wood = Kenwood

Who knew? Kenwood was the brainchild of a Mr Kenneth Wood! I love this fact. I think more people have told me that Ken Wood has a Havant connection than any other Havant related fact. Even Mrs Mayor, Hazel, at the launch of my residency said, ‘You do know Kenwood is Havant? And there’s a little shop where you can get parts?’ Well, I do now, and, as if to make certain, just the other day, on my way to my local park in London I came across a Kenwood – I won’t say abandoned, because it had a little Paddington Bear style note attached, inviting me to take it home and, well, blend things. I did. It was a sign. It’s a brown, I’d say Seventies model. It needs a new lid. I might try getting one from the little shop.

Eye appeal is buy appeal.

That was one of Ken’s.

My Kenwood does everything but cook – that’s what wives are for!

There’s another.

I’m hoping to meet Kenwood owners at the Spring this weekend, at the Industry Day on Saturday, where someone who knows Kenwood facts has been promised, to ‘show and tell’. I’m very excited about that.

Before then, at my Museum Mischief workshop on Friday I’m hoping to get some Kenwood words mixing and a blending. I want to hear all about your Kenwood – was it a wedding present? A twenty-first gift? Are you still using it, or does it sit in the back of a cupboard, gathering dust? What about those attachments, the cream maker and K hook? (Is it a coincidence Ken ended his days in Liphook? Is there the makings of a poem here?)

Kenneth Maynard Wood. The middle name was his uncle’s. You’re not going to believe this, he invented the wine gum. It just gets better and better.


About claire collison

Writer, photographer, creative facilitator, and breast cancer survivor, I am currently Artist in Residence at the Women's Art Library (WAL) My first novel was a finalist in the Dundee Book Prize, and my short stories and poetry have appeared in print and online. In 2015 I was awarded second place in the inaugural Resurgence Prize, the world's first eco poetry competition, judged by Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. This blog began as a space for words generated on my walking/writing workshops at the Mary Ward centre in Bloomsbury - Writing the City (WTC). WTC has since grown to include many other venues, including the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Barbican, the River Rom, Southwark Woods, Aylesbury Estate, and most recently, as part of Walking Women festival, An Intimate Tour of Breasts. I have worked with Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, as the recipient of the first Max Reinhardt Literacy Award, designing teaching resources; and for The Photographers' Gallery, helping school children develop visual literacy as part of 'Seeing More Things'. If you would like me to design a workshop or walk for you, please be in touch!
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One Response to Ken Wood = Kenwood

  1. (Some research from Robert “Everwitty” Marcus, who clearly has too much time on his hands….)
    ‘Interestingly, Russell Hobbs was not named after someone called Russell Hobbs. Bill Russell; Peter Hobbs. It appears, however, that Magimix was actually started up by Mrs. Madge E. Mix. Archibald “Morphy” Richards was so nicknamed because of his lifelong morphine addiction, which often resulted in his toast getting burnt as he’d invariably drop off while waiting for it: hence his gift to civilization – the pop-up toaster. The dustbuster was named after its inventor, Frenchman Dustin Buster (pronounced “Boos-teh”).’

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