Opinion & Debate

Published on December 13th, 2013 | by Kelly Rose Bradford


Women’s ‘secret stashes’ from past relationships…

Researchers have found one in five women secretly stash away keepsakes from their previous relationships.

The study by The Museum of London found women keep photos, cuddly toys, ticket stubs, letters and even old engagement rings secret from their current partners.

A whopping 61% of respondents admitted they had a pile of ‘memories’ hidden away, with many saying fears their partner wouldn’t understand why they were keeping something from another man being the most common reason for hiding it.

Beatrice Behlen, the Museum of London‘s Senior Curator, said the study confirms ‘just how much we relate emotions to objects’.

“We seem to need tangible proof that something actually happened, maybe even more so when we have lost contact with the other person involved,” she said.  “Many of us will have ‘emotional objects’ that remind us of people and periods in our life. Some are stashed away and others we might carry with us every day.”

Women’s most commonly kept items from past relationships 

1. Photos
2. Birthday cards
3. Ring
4. Piece of jewellery
5. Cuddly toys
6. Valentine’s Day cards
7. Necklace
8. CD’s/ playlists
9. Earrings
10. Engagement ring
11. Watch
12. Tickets to gigs/concerts
13. Other
14. Jumper/ item of clothing
15. Programmes/ mementos from venues
16. DVD’s
17. Cinema tickets
18. Underwear they bought you as a gift
19. Handbags
20. Dried flowers

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Kelly Rose Bradford

is a London-based journalist and broadcaster, writing for the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sunday Telegraph, and a host of women's magazines. Her robust opinions and feisty debating skills make her in demand as a social commentator, regularly guesting on ITV's This Morning programme, and across many radio stations, including 5 Live and BBC Radio London.

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