In The Practice of Everyday Life, de Certeau remembers a museum "where, in thirty-five houses [...] all the signs, tools and products of nineteenth-century everyday life teem [...] innumerable familiar objects, polished, deformed, or made more beautiful by long use; everywhere there are the marks of the active hands and labouring or patient bodies for which these things composed the daily circuits, the fascinating presence of absences whose traces were everywhere [... drawing attention to] the ordered murmurs of a hundred past or possible villages, and by means of these imbricated traces one began to dream of countless combinations of existences"

text: de Certeau, M (1984) The Practice of Everyday Life 
quoted in Highmore, B (2002) Everyday Life and Cultural Theory: An Introduction London: Routledge
image: my own, Ham House kitchens, London.