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- 11/13/13--03:06: _Mystery is the thre...
- 11/17/13--03:16: _John Physick
- 04/02/14--10:22: _Michael Compton
- 06/10/14--03:11: _Replica of oldest b...
- 09/16/14--07:34: _Archives are brough...
- 10/08/14--08:34: _Ramblers uncover se...
- 04/05/15--03:29: _Welcome to the Art ...
- 04/07/15--01:10: _Albert Irvin
- 04/24/15--08:04: _Moira Gemmill
- 01/26/16--02:09: _Whitgift School sho...
- 03/08/16--06:48: _Philip Taverner
- 03/28/16--05:45: _Sir Peter Moores
- 09/26/16--04:38: _Grand Lodge marks i...
- 01/09/17--04:01: _‘Who can tell me ab...
- 03/21/17--03:24: _Tony Haygarth
- 05/03/17--09:32: _Rebecca Swift
- 06/13/17--09:52: _Wartime kiwi carves...
- 11/13/13--03:06: Mystery is the thread of embroidery mystery
- 11/17/13--03:16: John Physick
- 04/02/14--10:22: Michael Compton
- 06/10/14--03:11: Replica of oldest bible is taken home after 1,300 years
- 09/16/14--07:34: Archives are brought together for keeps
- 10/08/14--08:34: Ramblers uncover secret war bunker
- 04/05/15--03:29: Welcome to the Art Deco pleasure dome
- 04/07/15--01:10: Albert Irvin
- 04/24/15--08:04: Moira Gemmill
- 01/26/16--02:09: Whitgift School shows old boys’ Great War artefacts
- 03/08/16--06:48: Philip Taverner
- 03/28/16--05:45: Sir Peter Moores
- 09/26/16--04:38: Grand Lodge marks its 300th anniversary
- 01/09/17--04:01: ‘Who can tell me about Britain’s bloody religious history?’
- 03/21/17--03:24: Tony Haygarth
- 05/03/17--09:32: Rebecca Swift
- 06/13/17--09:52: Wartime kiwi carves out a place in history
The Times, 9/11/2013
Behind the historical recreations of Hampton Court’s Tudor experience, in a series of small studios usually peopled by student embroiderers and needlewomen of the Royal School of Needlework sitting around trestles, an art mystery unfolds.
Twelve exquisite pictures, line drawings in subdued colours simply mounted and framed, speak of the intercessionary qualities of [...]
The Times, 14/11/2013Lifelong servant of the Victoria and Albert Museum who was seen as the institution’s heart and soul
John Physick, CBE, DrRCA, FSA; museum curator and scholar, was
born on December 31, 1923, and
died on October 14, 2013, aged 89
In his foreword to the 1982 The Victoria and Albert Museum: the history of its building, the [...]
Michael Graeme Compton, CBE, contemporary art curator and administrator, was born on September 29, 1927. He died on July 12, 2013, aged 85.
Pioneering director at the Tate who tried to involve the public in contemporary art – sometimes with alarming results
Michael Compton’s philosophy was that a contemporary art gallery was like a party where [...]
The TImes, 19/5/2014
By Simon Tait
It reads like a Dan Brown novel. In the year 716 a Saxon abbot, near the end of his life, decides to take one of the most beautiful books ever made from Jarrow in Northumberland to Rome as a gift for Pope Gregory II. Half way, at Langres in France, he [...]
The Times, 30-8-2014
A sprawling white block nestling in a fold of the Sussex Downs, at first sight “The Keep” lives up to its name: a fortress. But this keep is very much an open stronghold, one that is welcoming upwards of 16,000 visitors a year to see and use the extraordinary archives it houses.
The Times, 27-9-2014
The entrance to a hole in the ground in a Wiltshire woodland is hardly visible, even after the undergrowth has been cleared away from the rusted metal grill, but it is the gateway to a Britain where Nazi Germany has invaded, where ordinary civilians have become underground guerrillas, nocturnal saboteurs and spies, [...]
The Times, 4/4/2015
The restored Eltham Palace gives visitors a new narrative of its glamorous heyday, writes Simon Tait
“Stephen & Virginia Courtauld request the pleasure of your company at Eltham Palace for the weekend of April 9th 1938” says your card. A tail-coated butler escorts you to your room, gives you a brief history of [...]
The Times. 6/4/2015
Influential abstract expressionist painter whose London bus commute inspired his large, colourful canvases
The British abstract colourist painter Albert Irvin, one of our most influential abstract expressionist painters whose progressiveness did not falter throughout his long life, has died carom heart failure aged 92.
Although he painted all his life, recognition came relatively late, not [...]
Designer who played a key role in the transformation of the V&A and was working on a new project at Buckingham Palace
Moira Gemmill, the design director who was hand-picked by the Queen to mastermind a transformation of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, has been killed in a road traffic accident. She was 55.
A visionary with [...]
The Times, 23 Jan 2016
Second Lieutenant Lionel Morris was still a schoolboy when he went to war. He was seconded from the Royal Artillery to the Royal Flying Corps 3rd Brigade, No 11 Squadron and on September 17th, 1916, he flew his Farman Experimental 2b two-seater biplane on a bombing raid on the railway [...]
The Times, 4 March 2016
Marketing director who pioneered ‘blockbuster exhibitions’ with the 1972 Tutankhamun show in London
Philip Taverner, who has died from cancer aged 86, was the young marketing director at Times Newspapers in 1970 when he was summoned to the office of the company’s chairman, Denis Hamilton, to meet the Egyptian ambassador. He was [...]
Philanthropist and heir to the Littlewoods fortune who created Comp[ton Verney art gallery
Peter Moores, who has died following a stroke aged 83, was a multi-millionaire philanthropist who made funding the arts a life-time occupation, giving away most of his fortune.
Born in the well-to-do Liverpool suburb of Formby into a business empire created by his [...]
The Times, 24-9-2016
Although its origins lie deep in the Middle Ages, British Freemasonry as an organised network of egalitarian gentlemen’s clubs, or lodges, takes its foundation from a meeting at the Goose and Gridiron pub near Sir Paul’s Cathedral on June 24th, 1717, when the members of four lodges got together to create a [...]
The Times, 7 January 2017
A former medieval monastery in London where Thomas More studied for four years is opening to the public for the first time. Simon Tait writes
Clerkenwell was the bustling heart of medieval London. Outside the jurisdiction of the city fathers, it was a place of entertainment known for its brothels, taverns and [...]
[The Times, 17-3-2017, Simon Tait]
Versatile Liverpudlian television actor and theatre performer who was also a poet and scholar of Elizabethan drama
The actor Tony Haygarth caused tabloid joy in 1988 when the Queen visited Peter Hall’s famous The Tempest or The Enchanted Island at the National Theatre in which Haygarth appeared as Caliban. He was presented [...]
By Simon Tait, The Times, 29-4-2017
Part of a literary family who became a bridge between writers and publishers, and was known as ‘The Author’s Goidmother’
Doris Lessing was an early hero of Rebecca Swift’s. When she was 15 she was told by her mother to hide a copy of Susan Howatch’s Penmarric before a visit by [...]
The Times, 13-6-2017
By Simon Tait
The Bulford Kiwi, carved into Salisbury Plain by New Zealand soldiers as a First World War memorial to their fallen fellows, has been scheduled a monument to mark the centenary of the New Zealanders’ key success, the Battle of Messines, tomorrow (June 14).
But the creation of the 130m tall bird [...]