Exhibition Opening, The Ancient House Museum, Thetford [to 29 March 2014]

Phillip.Lindley | October 13, 2013

The exhibition, ‘Thetford’s Lost Tudor Sculptures’, on which I worked with Ross Parry of Museums Studies, Oliver Bone, Curator at the Ancient House Museum, Thetford, Melissa Hawker, his Education officer, the designer Ian Drake, and Jan Summerfield of English Heritage, had its formal opening on 6 September 2013 at 6 pm. Looking back, a month later, it is hard to recall how warm the weather was then!

Oliver and I gave brief talks to welcome everyone to the exhibition, which has been very well received. Some of those who attended included Prof Simon Thurley, CEO of English Heritage, Prof Geoff Crossick of the AHRC, Steve Miller, the new head of NMAS, the Mayor of Thetford Stuart Miller and his wife and daughter, the installation artist Andrew Williams (whose video is one of the exhibition’s highlights), Prof Graeme Barker of Cambridge and Dr Annie Grant from UEA.  There was great applause for Ian Drake’s design (which also owes much to the input of Ross Parry).  Ross’s employment of the Tudor Hall, with its large wall hanging, video and Ian’s favourite feature, the table setting with mechanically rotated miniatures, serves as an excellent introduction to the exhibition in the next room.

I wrote a [free] exhibition guide, designed by Jim Roberts, available at the Ancient House.

Exhibition open Tues-Sat, 10-4 at the Ancient House. 01842 752599 or www,norfolk.gov.uk

Exhibition, introduction, in the Tudor Hall

Exhibition, introduction, in the Tudor Hall

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