As promised at today's talk at Gainsborough's House, I have now included the information about Jesus Christ Superstar and young people from the closed Soviet City of Dnepopetrovsk under the Superstar tab above.
There will shortly be another chance to enjoy the wit and
wisdom of Richard Bacon, the Member of Parliament for South Norfolk.
On September 15th HLC is hosting another ‘Breakfast
with Bacon’ in the wonderful surroundings of Ickworth House just outside Bury
Those of us who remember the excellent pre Brexit Referendum breakfast with Richard at the Swan in Lavenham certainly won't want to miss this event.
Richard is a well informed and
amusing speaker and is not shy about giving honest answers to difficult
questions. I am sure that those who attend will gain valuable new insight into the current political situation in the UK.
The breakfast menu looks pretty good, and I for one will be
going on afterwards to take a look at the (moderately) recent rehang of the marvellous
artworks in the main part of the House.
Hope to see you there!Further details and a booking form can be found HERE.
An exciting auction of original art works
is coming up in Sudbury in October, and tickets are now on sale.The event will be held in The Assembly Room
at the Town Hall on Friday 20th October at 7 p.m.
by Suffolk-artist Maggi Hambling and art critic Andrew Lambirth, the Auction
will feature around 140 lots donated from the Estates and Studios of some of Britain’s greatest and most inspiring
artists such as Michael Ayrton, Edward Bawden, Antony Gormley, Maggi
Hambling, John Hoyland, David Inshaw, Allen Jones, Sarah Lucas, Sargy Mann, John Nash and William Pye.
This is a not to be missed opportunity to
obtain a unique work of art!
The Auction is just one of a number of
events in coming months to support the ambitious plans at the museum.The aim is to match the £4.7m award from the
Heritage Lottery Fund in order to fund the renovation and redisplay of the historic house and the
construction of a new, landmark three-storey structure with four new galleries
– a showcase Gainsborough gallery, a landscape studio with panoramic views over
Sudbury, a community gallery and a major exhibition gallery/performance space.
for the auction cost £25 and include wine, refreshments and a catalogue. They are available from Gainsborough's House (01787 372958.)
come along and bring your art loving friends too!
Architect's impression of one of the new galleries
In a recent edition of BBC’s Radio 4's Making History programme there was an
illuminating piece about the 5th Conference of the Russian Social
Democratic Party that took place in London in 1907.
What was by all accounts a bad tempered event
was attended by a star studded cast of Russian Revolutionary luminaries, including
Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky, Zinoviev, Dzerzhinsky, Gorky and the exotically named Rosa
Luxembourg.The event was held in the
Brotherhood Church in Southgate Road, Hackney and many of the Russian participants bedded down
in a block of flats in nearby Whitechapel which still stands today.Apparently the door through which they
entered is a now fire exit adjacent to a Bangladeshi Restaurant!It is incredible to think that this event,
attended by so many leading historical figures and at which the Bolshevik/Menshevik
split deepened, took place largely unremarked.The presenter of the BBC programme, Tom Holland, expressed the opinion
that it might at least be appropriate to mark the spot with some sort of
plaque.An earlier congress held
ironically at what is now the headquarters of Saatchi and Saatchi in Charlotte
Street has also gone un-noted.
Of course England in the 19th and early 20th
Century was a haven for radicals and revolutionaries.Most people know that Karl Marx lived here
and spent a good deal of time in the British Library.
In the course of
putting together one of the talks I am giving at Gainsborough’s House in September,
I have been reacquainting myself with a possibly less well known, but equally influential,
revolutionary figure, Alexander Herzen.Unable to return to Russia on account of his subversive activities,
Herzen spent many years in London in the middle of the 19th Century setting up the Free Russian Press which
printed the radical journals The Polar Star and The Bell or 'Kolokol'. He also entertained many contemporary revolutionary leaders from Europe and beyond, including the anarchist Michael Bakunin. For over 10 years Kolokol, an early Private
Eye equivalent, was smuggled into Russia, where it was widely read.It is said that it even reached the office of
One of the sites of the Russian Free Press is recorded by a
Blue Plaque in Judd Street.
If you want to find out more about Herzen and other
opponents of Russia autocracy from the worlds of journalism and the arts, come along to the Art of Resistance session at
Gainsborough’s House on Wednesday 4th October…only a month or so
short* of the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 2017.
*The October Revolution
took place in early November using the new style calendar.