Local History – July meeting

On Tuesday, 19th July, forty-three members of the Local History Group came together, on what was arguably the hottest afternoon of the year, to hear a talk given on the Arts and Crafts movement in the East Midlands by Will Gilding (of Gildings Auctioneers).  This illustrated talk captured everyone’s imagination as we were guided through the start of the movement around 1886 to the period between the two Wars.  We learned a great deal about Ernest Gimson (a Leicester born and bred architect) and saw examples of his work and learned of his friendship with William Morris (who originally founded the movement).  We also saw examples of the work of Charles Rennie MackIntosh and enjoyed seeing examples of the Art Nouveau movement.  We also touched on the Art Deco movement which was popular primarily on the Continent, particularly in France, between the 1920s and 1940s.  It was a talk which was thoroughly enjoyed by all present.  We are now looking forward to our guided tour of the Holy Trinity Church in Rothwell in August.  To join the Local History Group, which meets every third Tuesday in the month between 2-4pm, do please contact me.  Jan Tilley.