Laurie Lee – Curator of Eccentricity




, As part of the Laurie Lee centenary celebrations, Stroud’s Museum in the Park is exploring a rather less well known facet of the author’s character… Before writing Cider with Rosie, Lee was employed as a civil servant, working on the 1951 Festival of Britain, initially to produce captions for publications and displays but, seeing a gap in the modernist slant of the show whilst chiming in with the Festival’s twin aim of reflecting life in Britain, he became the Festival’s official ‘Curator of Eccentricities’. Putting out an open call for fabulous inventions and wonderful curiousities, he was responsible for a display of machines and objects – items such as a  machine for grinding smoke, a deflating bus for low bridges and motorcycle goggles with wiper blades not to mention the almost de rigeur mandolin made from matchsticks 

The Museum in the Park has invited a disparate group of artists to re-present a new collection of eccentricities.  This work will sit alongside and become part of the already eccentric objects held in the Collectors room. By presenting work of this nature, the artists are both complementing the existing collections in the museum and intervening with them, so that the visitors to the museum over this special weekend will see everything in a new light.

Anthony Beever, Pamela Bowden, Fred Chance, Julian Claxton, Martyn Cross, Belinda Durrant, Paul Grellier, Andrew Heath, Aimee Lax, Alasdair Ogilvie, Helen Smith, Carolyn Watts, Hannah Whyman

Duration 12 September 2014 - 14 September 2014
Times preview event Friday September 12th 8-10pm, thereafter 11am to 5pm
Cost Free
Venue Museum in the Park, Stroud
Address Museum in the Park Stroud GL5 4AF, ,
Contact 1453 763394 / / www.museuminthepark.org.uk/

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