The first British Library's Pearson Creative Research Fellow (2002 - 2004). Over a period of 18 months Rachel Lichtenstein ran public workshops for schools and other groups on creative research practises alongside working on her own investigative arts project, based on a selection of original handwritten manuscripts from the library's collection.
Her fellowship culminated in a publication and photographic installation Add.17469: A Little Dust Whispered (2004).
This project grew out of Rachel's own fascination with a variety of texts, ranging from 15th century astrological charts to 19th century shopping lists. She became attracted to the mysterious sensuality of these manuscripts: the pungent smell of paper, the marks made by finger prints or mildew, details that revealed the passing of time or the person behind the text.
She selected small sections of these texts to be photographed and enlarged. Her installation displayed in the library's entrance hall, pieced together twenty-five of these photographed fragments, and invited staff members, readers and visitors to submit written responses to the images. A number of these responses were published in the accompanying publication Add. 17469: A Little Dust Whispered