A lovely party was put on today for volunteers at the Grange by The Rottingdean Preservation Society, about 70 or more came along. They do, of course, rely on many people who are happy to spend one or two sessions a month on duty at the museum. A really interesting task, as I have found having recently become a volunteer myself. If you live in the area they are always looking for new recruits.
(Credit to the whoever took this picture which is from their website)
The Grange Art Gallery & Museum is one of the treasures of Rottindean and worth a detour if visiting Brighton. It is managed on a voluntary basis by The Rottingdean Preservation Society. The new curator, Marcus Bagshaw had painstakingly researched the life and career of Edith Bagnold, whose most famous play is, of course, ‘The Chalk Garden’ to mount a truly fascinating exhibition of her work this summer. He also has ambitious plans for the future.
For a full report about her life and work please click on the following link.
Regular displays take place both with local connections and other exhibitions with a wider appeal to everyone.
This autumn one of the visitors to The Grange was Colin Evans who made a brief visit to Rottingdean to take a picture of the statue in the church of one of his famous ancestors the Rev Dr Thomas Redman Hooker, a much loved vicar here from 1792 – 1838. It is said that an underground tunnel ran from his house to the beach as he also acted as a smugglers’ “lookout” man! Who knows the truth of this, there are a wealth of smugglers tales in Rottingdean.
Kipling’s Study is a permanent feature at The Grange and well worth the visit.
In the summer what could be more pleasant than a light lunch or tea in the garden of The Grange in its historic Lutyens Courtyard. Apparently well-behaved dogs on leads are allowed to join their owners.
One of the Art Exhibitions this autumn featured the work of Philip Sugg who paints and also makes model theatres and the work of Mick Bensley and Philip Sugg. Amanda is now responsible for hanging the art work for exhibitions, taking over from the galleries stalwart Barry Hinchcliffe who I understand actually set up the art gallery as we know and love it today!
With the references to smugglers I thought I would add my recent film of the Smugglers Night event that took place this autumn – 2013
Stop press – A link to a more recent post about the gallery Sept 2013
October 2015 to 2016
Our marionettes from the film ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ are now on display as part of the Cinema by the Sea exhibition. Postcards and one of my poems from ‘The Puppeteer’s Daughter’ is on sale.in the Grange
The full collection of poems ‘The Puppeteer’s Daughter’ is on sale online at Lulu and Amazon and at City Books in Hove and The Open Art Cafe in Rottingdean.