2017 offers a very rare chance to see the original sketches of the ‘peace symbol’. Special Collections and the Trustees of the Commonweal Collection are lending them to a major exhibition at the IWM, People Power: Fighting for Peace.
Sketch of nuclear disarmament symbol,by Gerald Holtom. Copyright: Commonweal Collection.
Artist Gerald Holtom created the symbol in 1958 for the first Aldermaston March (organised by the Direct Action Committee); it was later adopted by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and many other groups and campaigns working for peace, making it one of the most recognisable and powerful designs ever created. Holtom’s original sketches are very fragile and so can rarely be shown to the public. This exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for us to display them to great numbers of people for the first time.
People Power explores 100 years of anti-war campaigning in Britain through 300 objects: banners, posters, flyers, leaflets, paintings, letters … Many have never been exhibited before. In addition to the sketches, we are lending a pencil drawing of Peace Pledge Union founder Dick Sheppard by activist and artist Peggy Smith and a range of letters and ephemera relating to the anti-nuclear campaigns of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
People Power is on show at the IWM London, 23 March-28 August 2017. Find out more on the IWM’s website.
J.B. Priestley: Soldier, Writer, Painter.
Curated by the J.B. Priestley Society
Bradford Industrial Museum.
19 April – 17 August 2014
This summer we bring a unique opportunity to see some different sides to J.B. Priestley. You knew he was a writer (we hope). He was also a …
Aged just 19, “Jack” Priestley joined the British Army in September 1914. The next five years changed his life forever and that of his home city of Bradford. The Industrial Museum has a major exhibition about Bradford’s Home Front which our display complements. We are showing Jack’s letters home and the photographs and memorabilia that travelled with him for the next 50 years. He used them for inspiration when he drew together his experiences in the dream-like tour de force that is the middle section of his 1962 memoir Margin Released.
JB loved art and later in life took up painting as an enjoyable hobby. The J.B. Priestley Society have assembled 30 of his works for this show. These intriguing survivals illustrate the love of landscape that makes so many of his books unforgettable , his understanding of art, and his extensive travels. A few are still for sale, if you would like a unique bit of Priestleiana in your life.
The exhibition is free and open to all. You can find out more about opening times etc. on the Museum’s website.
Delighted to learn (thanks to one of our readers!) that Leeds City Museum recently bought a stunning collection of clothes which belonged to Mary Holden Illingworth, the daughter of Isaac Holden. There are many letters from Mary amongst our Holden Papers – I haven’t yet traced anything about her interest in fashion, but hoping to come across some reference to these gorgeous things. The star exhibit is a beautiful dress made by Charles Frederick Worth of Paris for Mary in 1881: I gather that it will be on show at Lotherton Hall from 2 March 2012 as part of an exhibition on Victorian style and design, The Victorian Look Book.
Rather belated notice of a recent success. The Yorkshire Rapid Response Network will receive £50K funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The RRN is a joint venture between 30 Yorkshire heritage organisations, including Special Collections at Bradford, for self-help and training in dealing with disasters (such as the floods which devastated parts of South Yorkshire in 2007). Here’s a press release with more detail.