Shrine derives from the Latin scrinium, meaning a chest or case for books or papers. Later it was used to mean a holy or special place dedicated to a particular saint, deity or ancestor, maybe containing relics, where they might be venerated and remembered. In the UK the use of shrines was largely dispensed with after the reformation, but lately there has been a resurgence in their creation mainly at the scenes of fatal road traffic accidents.

At Shrine and Sanctuary we help people create shrines for a wide range of purposes.
"My work is not so much about my seeing as about your seeing. There is no one between you and your experience".
James Turrell


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Capture memories of days spent together with loved ones. Images of grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends playing with the children or doing something special with them or simply in conversation. Shrines can play host to the everyday stuff that we take for granted.
Keep those examples of your child's creativity. Don't just leave them stuck to the fridge door. Preserve these snippets of personality so that you can look back on them in years to come and share them with their children.
Put together a collection that represents you. Put it in one of our special shrines and leave it for your children or grandchildren. Show them that you were also young once, that you had passions and interests too.