Artistic and cultural eventsPosted by Janette Thu, January 01, 2015 21:16:24
As part of the WW1 commemoration, two ships have been painted as "Dazzle Ships" - a way of camouflaging the boats so they were difficult to attack by submarines. One of the ships is in London - HMS President along the Embankment. Just before New Year, I managed to catch a glimpse, albeit it rather late for photographing. The second ship is in Liverpool (which I am unlikely to get to). I am not sure how much longer they will be painted like this - the website information just says until 2015.
For more information - http://www.1418now.org.uk/commissions/dazzle-ships/
Artistic and cultural eventsPosted by Janette Mon, October 13, 2014 13:37:15
Going home, after a successful exhibition at Alexandra Palace, my sister and I spotted this giant poppy at King's Cross Station. Just a simple image that tells a big story.
(Apologies for the quality of the image - it was late in the evening after a long day.)
Artistic and cultural eventsPosted by Janette Fri, September 26, 2014 20:35:47
This week I paid a visit to the British Library, and while waiting for the books I had ordered to arrive I visited their Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour
exhibition. Situated in The Folio Society Gallery this exhibition is on the first floor of the entrance hall of the library and free to visit.
As well as sound recordings there are photographs, posters, books, poetry, cartoons, letters and journals - the main emphasis is about how people coped and reacted to the First World War. Some of the letters are very moving.
Textile related items included a section on knitting for soldiers but also some cartoons, based on the Bayeux Tapestry. The cartoons were by Norman Rybot (1876-1961) - illustrations that used "grim humour" to record the starvation endured when besieged in Kut-al-Amara.
Original notebooks by Wilfred Owen and other poets are also on display.
I was also interested to learn that Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), whose lines that begin "They shall not grow old, as we who are left grow old ..." was an Assistant Keeper at the British Museum.
The exhibition, although quite small, continues until 12 October, and if you visited after 3 October you could always combine it with a trip to their new exhibition on Gothic Literature (fee applies for this exhibition), as well as their permanent gallery of "treasures" (free).
There is also a cafe and a fabulous bookshop - just the place for some early Christmas shopping. The library is situated very close to St Pancras Station.
For more information - www.bl.uk
Artistic and cultural eventsPosted by Janette Thu, September 11, 2014 16:29:14
Tomorrow night at the Foundling Museum in London their regular Folk at the Foundling musical event will coincide with their current Foundlings at War
display. The performance, In Flanders Fields
brings together poetry and songs especially commissioned for the town of Passchendael's Peace Concerts.
The internationally-acclaimed trio of Barry Coope, Jim Boyes and Lester Simpson bring together humour and courage through cappella singing and evocative music.
For more information on this and the Foundlings at War
exhibition - www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk.
Artistic and cultural eventsPosted by Janette Mon, September 01, 2014 14:48:29
As part of the Books Around Town, at least one of the book benches has a WW1 theme - "War Horse", which can be found "More London Riverside" - round the back of The Scoop/City Hall. The benches start to disappear from mid-September so unless you purchase one in the auction there is not long to view them.
For more information www.booksabouttown.org.uk
Artistic and cultural eventsPosted by Janette Mon, August 18, 2014 14:26:35
Visiting the Sywell Great War Show at the weekend, I was pleased to meet a group of re-enactors of WW1 history. In particular I met Anne, a lovely lady who had created a display to illustrate a WW1 casualty clearing station. Everyone involved was very helpful in my research questions and we were able to share
information about Lady Smith-Dorrien's Hospital Bag Fund, which has been a major inspiration for my own "Between the Lines" work. (More about this in a later blog.)
Sadly the weather was against us - too blustery for the Great War Display Team (and the two Lancasters could not attend, which had been a major reason for our visit), but for me it was the re-enactors who made the long journey to Northamptonshire very worthwhile.
It was particularly heartening to see families engaging with the exhibits - a really good way to learn about history.
Artistic and cultural eventsPosted by Janette Mon, August 11, 2014 17:59:00
Visiting a friend in Chelmsford today, I was interested to see there was an art installation relating to WW1 at the local museum. Though small, I found the concept fascinating. The work, on the first floor and called "Blood from the Poppy" was created by a local artist, Nabil Ali, using, I was told, pigment derived from poppy seed. It is part of a larger project "Portrait of an Artist's Garden" which explores medieval painting techniques and organic materials for creating art.
The installation will be at Chelmsford Museum, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9AQ until 1 September 2014. There is no entry fee to the museum.
For more information - www.nabilali.co.uk.
Artistic and cultural eventsPosted by Janette Tue, August 05, 2014 18:08:32
The Last Post project
is one way where people can commemorate the Great War through music.