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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Rosa Mathieson's Talk on Women in the Railway on Friday 27th April Postponed

Apologies for the late notice, but the talk advertised widely has been postponed until Friday June 22nd at 7.30pm.
Notices have been placed in the local paper and people have been telephoned, I do hope no one makes the trip out on Friday night, but I will be there to inform people about the cancellation.


A couple of my favourite photographs from a recent trip to Barcelona.
The top one is stained glass in a bay window, and the lower one is decoration on a piece of furniture in the Museu Del Modernisme Catala, www.mmcat.cat

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Parliament's Pictures: an insider's guide to the Parliamentary Art Collection


This talk by Melanie Unwin who is the Deputy Curator of the Westminster Collection gave a real insight into some of the art work kept there.
Particularly fascinating was information about people touching  Winston Churchill's foot for luck, a practice which had to be discouraged because the statue was eroding away.
Here are two portraits Melanie showed us which I particularly liked. Below Tony Blair at the end of his term in office.
 And here is a wonderful portrait of Baroness Amos



Here's a photo of the audience at the talk, and below a copy of Tim Carroll's sketch book from almost the same viewpoint.

It's possible for a member of the public to see the collection by approaching their MP.
To see more, have a look at the website:http://www.parliament.uk/about/art-in-parliament/

Next talk is by Denys Hodson on the 30th April from 2.30-3.30pm