The law establishes the human right to breathe clean air, and is named for Ella Roberta Adoo-Kissi-Debrah. Ella Roberta was a young girl from Lewisham who died prematurely in 2013. She was the first person in the world to have ‘air pollution’ given as a cause on her death certificate.
The display features a cornet that belonged to Ella Roberta. Despite developing a respiratory condition that was aggravated by air pollution, Ella Roberta chose to play an instrument which demands skilled breath control.
Also on display is an ornamented end-blown conch from Tibet. The roots of the cornet lie with the ancient conch, a symbol of the breath of life itself.
Both instruments belong to a family of wind instruments called ‘labrasones’ which are played using a lip-buzzing technique.
The sound of labrasones are popularly associated with power and war, but were also used for communication over long distances.
This display has been co-created with the Ella Roberta Foundation and Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah CBE.