Category Archives: Photographs

`Voice and Vote’ opens

 

The new exhibition in Westminster Hall at the Houses of Parliament, `Voice and Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament’ has opened to excellent press coverage.  Designers Metaphor have created an evocative structure, with recreated spaces, wonderful objects from the Parliamentary Archives and private collections, clearly told accounts of the women who fought for the vote (and a few who fought against it), and thought-provoking questions for the visitor.  It was a privilege to be part of the team that researched, wrote and moulded these stories.

The photos show the final `Chamber’ set, the exhibition in Westminster Hall, Lady Peers and MPs and the infamous `Cage’, the Victorian viewing gallery for Ladies.

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Poole Museum Masterplanning

Poole Museum has some great buildings and collections and it’s been really interesting visiting, listening and writing a feasibility study for their future, along with colleagues Stephen Greenberg and Kara Dickinson from Metaphor Design.  Scaplen’s Court and the Town Cellars are grade 1 listed, and you can see the harbour from the top floor of the warehouse building.  The pottery is great, of course, but the wreck remains are the big stars.  This can be one of the south’s best museums.

               

     

top left to bottom right:  Poole Museum warehouse building and atrium; View to harbour across Town Cellars; Scaplen’s Court: Anthony Caro’s `Sea Music’; C18 Swash wreck rudder; 1950s Poole dish; the Sea Planes at Poole.

Back to Silverstone

I’m enjoying more work on the Silverstone Heritage Project, this time researching and writing up just about everything that’s happened at the circuit.  It’s involved revisiting many years of watching sports with the F1 story, but new ground for me with motorcycles and production cars.  This great picture is of Sheila Van Damme with her Sunbeam at Silverstone in about 1955.  Her racing team partner was Stirling Moss.

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`Belvedere Village’ to be published in `Bygone Kent’

`Belvedere Village – Victorian Prayers and Profit’ is a primary source- based article on the rapid development of Upper Belvedere in the 1800s.  It’s a tale of pubs and patrimony, crooks and committees, old salts, villas and watercress.  `Bygone Kent’ is the magazine of Kent’s history and `Belvedere Village’ will appear shortly.

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Photographs on Studio MB website

Museum designers Studio MB feature all their projects on their website and I’m pleased to report that they have used my photographs for their page on The Green Howards Museum in Richmond, Yorkshire.

There are more – and they’re bigger and brighter – at studiomb.co.uk

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The Green Howards Museum opens

I’ve been copyediting and copywriting text for the redevelopment of The Green Howards Museum in Richmond in Yorkshire.  Everyone’s hard work – especially the museum staff and designers Studio MB – has come to fruition in a great new museum.  They had financial support from the HLF and their Friends and local community – and over 200 people crammed into the opening.  I’m really pleased to have been part of this excellent project.

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