Sunday, 3 May 2015

Richard Jefferies Museum Relaunch Lunch

I was thrilled to be invited by Mike Pringle, one of the team who has been working on the Museum, to the launch last Tuesday. The Richard Jefferies Museum, owned by the people of Swindon, was purchased by the Council in 1926. It is run by a specially created Trust and members of the Richard Jefferies Society who have helped conserve the artefacts and farmhouse building for future generations.
Richard Jefferies was a celebrated Victorian writer who lived from 1848-87, he was possibly the first and truest nature conservationist who felt deeply spiritual about the natural world. All this and more is beautifully explained in the Vistor Guide.
And so onto the lunch at the Sun Inn to be eaten before the launch of the Museum, but because of a mix up, we had the launch before the lunch, probably just as well:
 Mike Pringle explaining what he's been doing, and welcoming everyone to the Museum, and belwo an idea of the crods flocking to see the Museum
 Below, our Mayor Teresa Page talking to Mike
and Angela Atkinson who has already published her blog item on the Richard Jefferies Museum and the Launch was there soaking up the ambience and beauty of the place
 The aims behind the Museum are neatly encapsulated here:
 A rather delightful display case
 and something else about time which needed more scrutiny than I gave it
 I thought at first this was part of the unfinished work that Mike had mentioned, but it turns out to be layers of old wallpaper
 close up of the paper
 and a secret door that was covered by wallpaper
 There are a few charming paintings by Kate Tryon, most were in poor light and didn't photograph well, but show places like Calley Manor
and in the attic, cheese making is celebrated
 The boy reading on the bed is still there, and he still has a fox for company
 Some information about the attic
I think this is Calley Manor, near the Calley Arms presumably
 From the house, i was keen to see what Robert Stredder had done in the garden, here he is with the story telling area in a wooded part of the garden
 The King Cups in the pond were startlingly bright
 and Robert's herb garden by the kitchen door very handy for cooking
The Museum is open every Sunday 1.30-5pm from May-end of September, and 10.30-4pm on the second Wednesday of those months.
More information at www.richardjefferies.org

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