The Arts Society, Huntingdonshire

Sunset at St Ives Bridge

 

The Coronavirus outbreak continues to affect our plans.

Dear Members,

In April we will have our fourth Zoom lecture, “Packing up the Nation: Storing Art Before the Nazi Invasion”.

This is the gripping and sometimes hilarious story of how a band of heroic curators and eccentric custodians saved Britain’s national heritage during our Darkest Hour. As Hitler’s forces gathered on the other side of the Channel to threaten these islands, men and women from London’s national museums, galleries and archives forged extraordinary plans to evacuate their collections to safety. Utilising country houses from Buckinghamshire to Cumbria, tube tunnels, Welsh mines and Wiltshire quarries, a dedicated team of unlikely heroes packed up their greatest treasures in a race against time during the sweltering summer of 1939, dispatching them throughout the country on a series of secret wartime adventures, retold in this talk.

Previous Zoom lectures appear to have been a great success, judging by the feedback.

Similar activity took place in France, although not as successful as, once France was under Nazi control, a lot of art treasure was lost, either from being seized by the Nazis or when ‘liberated’ by the advancing allied forces. Some is still being recovered. this link takes you to Packing up the French Nation 1939 to 1945.

The current programme and the articles from September to December 2020 can downloaded from the Programme 2020-2021 page.

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We were sad to learn that Patricia Spencer had passed away. An appreciation of her life can be downloaded from here.

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Please note that A.G.M papers can still be downloaded below:

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Suggested additions to the website should be sent to the Hon. Sec. hauxwell125@gmail.com.

Please use our Guest Book for comments on the lectures, or other activities.

Illustrated lectures will be held, when we resume normal programmes, on the second Wednesday of each month at 2.30 pm at the Burgess Hall, St Ivo Recreation Centre, St IvesNew members or guests will be made most welcome. There is ample free parking.

Once normality resumes members will be able to enjoy visits and special interest days, and can join various friendly volunteer groups.

A report on the Cotswolds trip is in the Recent Visits page.

CAYAC

The Arts Society supports the Cambridgeshire Area Young Artists competition for primary and secondary schools. This awards prizes to each Key Stage, 0-5, with a special prize for best in show for both Primary and Secondary Schools.

Last updated 13th April 2021. Webmaster: Bob Woodham webmaster@huntsarts.org.

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