9 June: ‘Thread & Word’ Walk for Whitstable Biennale

This walk was part of the 2018 Whitstable Biennale and incorporated ‘walking as research’.  We began at Elspeth’s studio where stitching and refreshments mixed with good company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then headed off for the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The walk turned into another trek across the mud but not as treacherous as the last mud walk in Swalecliffe a few months ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Sept: Bath visit

We spent a few days away to celebrate our wedding anniversary and stayed at an interesting converted chapel between Bristol and Bath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We spent a day in Bath and took some more images.  It is strange to take them just for pleasure for once rather than for a commission or to be specifically related to my research.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we arrived back we did not know who the uninvited guest was!

28 Aug: A London Day Out

My friend came over on a trip to the UK from Canada and we met up for a day in London.  So I ended up doing typical tourist things for once with not a gallery in sight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We began at Covent Garden before going on to China Town and then Leicester Square.  It is always a great opportunity to do some ‘people watching’ and take some images too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We ended the day with a river trip up the Thames.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24 May: Bristol Cathedral Exhibition

Now we are at the end of the summer I realised that I have been very lax and not written my blog for some time but perhaps quality is better than quantity.  I have also spent long periods of PhD research and writing at home,  and producing nothing of great interest to anyone reading this blog.  So the next entries will being everything up to date.

Back in May my PhD research subject ‘Florence Farmborough’ was featured in a national WW1 touring exhibition ‘No Man’s Land’, which opened in the early part of the year in Bradford.   Alongside Farmborough it also featured images and artefacts by Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm, Olive Edis, Clarice Spratling and Dawn Cole, Chloe Dewe Mathews and Alison Baskerville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although the cathedral was a wonderful building having been to the private view and the opening in Bradford, I felt this exhibition worked better within a gallery setting. The cathedral exhibits were not sited together so the visitor had to search in different locations which I felt led to a loss of continuity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Bristol the exhibition was moving to Leigh and later Bishop Auckland. It was good to be able to see some of these images again. The recent images by Alison Baskerville and Chloe Dewe Mathews are certainly worth further investigation.

 

 

5 May: Margate Bookie Walk with Billie

We were blessed with great walking conditions, war, dry, sunny and not too hot for our last walk as part of the Walking group.  This also coincided with the last weekend of the Journeys with the Waste Land exhibition.  We started by listening to music in the Nayland Rock shelter that had inspired Eliot.


 

 

 

 

 

 

We then walked to the beach where Billie had devised various games all based around the poem with Virginia and Sonia taking lead roles.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After stopping at various points along the beach for activities, we then headed to the steps for a final reading of an Eliot poem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once back inside Turner Contemporary we sat on deck chairs for the final part until a friend of Billie’s arrived from London.  He also organises walks around the city of London, and provided some interesting historical information about the channel and what is still lying buried on the sea bed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst our activities will change now that the Waste Land project has come to an end and we all move on in new directions, it has been a time to reflect.  The main thing for me has  been the photographic opportunities that it has offered but also mainly the friends I have made along the way.  Billie has been inspirational and on my wavelength, so I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to work with her.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 May: PhD update

The last few weeks have been challenging so I have to keep reminding myself of things that my main supervisor Karen has told me such as, that as I am part-time it need not take over my life!  It had begun to feel like that so it was time to stand back a bit.  I also reminded myself of three things:

  1. That there will be an end in sight one day not that far off.
  2. Not to get bogged down with too much information, articles etc. to wade through, as at the end of the day they are to supplement my ideas and provide evidence of my conclusions etc. and I do not need to include everything only the best bits.
  3. If I did not carry on I would be wasting all the money I had invested in this so far and would very much regret it later.

So I am back on track but not making as fast progress as I had hoped by now in view of having to submit some more writing by end of June.

However every now and then a little gem appears. I was asked by Sarah from the University of Hertfordshire who I met at the Kathe  Buchler Conference recently, to write a piece on my research for their ‘Everyday Lives in War’ website.  Whilst for those who have had lots already published this is not a major deal but for me it is a first. It has also helped in that long battle to regenerate my self-confidence!

The link to the site is https://everydaylivesinwar.herts.ac.uk/?p=4259S

So onwards and forwards and hopefully next time I update this I will have made great strides.

 

 

28 April: POW Psychic Walk in Margate


 

 

 

 

 

This was a rescheduled event originally due to take place earlier in the year.  However, as it related to TS Eliot’s wives and their treatment in his hands, it also coincided with the last weekend of the Journeys with the Waste Land exhibition and the end of the Research Group’s collaboration.


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It looked at four sites that had played a prominent role when Eliot was there in 1920s.


 

 

 

 

 

The Albemarle Hotel – now demolished.


 

 

 

 

 

Margate Museum


 

 

 

 

 

Margate Winter Gardens


 

 

 

 

 

Nayland Rock Shelter


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Although there was not a large group attending it was a very interesting and informative session.

It is hard to accept that the three years I have been involved with the Research Group has now come to an end.  It has been a wonderful photographic opportunity and I have met some interesting people who have become close friends.  Like everything we have to now move on and take this experience with us.  However it has been is something special and will certainly not be forgotten!  Thank you to everyone who has worked with me on this!

24 Mar: Witnessing War Workshop

A really interesting day at the University of Hertfordshire, in Hatfield. It was a good networking opportunity and chance to see the WW1 photographs of Kathe Buchler which have not been seen much outside of Germany and received little attention.  The speakers ranged from Jenny Matthews author of ‘Women and War’ to PhD candidates like Jo Young, talking about their research in connected areas of interest through to Jason Crowley from Manchester Metropolitans University .  During the day there was a meeting to discuss the exhibition being held until 5 May of Buchler’s work.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have also managed to locate a copy of her book but unfortunately only produced in German which will be a challenge.  Still I have a German dictionary!

 

March: PhD Update

I guess I’m not going to get any brownie points for keeping my blog up to date!  However I do feel that unless there is something useful to pass on then it is not necessary to just write for the sake of it. Since my last update and meeting with my supervisor in January I have just buried myself away to research and write.  In a moment of madness I said I’d send her a big chunk of writing and it was only when I started that I realised how much I’d taken on, especially as some aspects had not been looked at before 🙁  However I felt that if I sent her my Introduction, Methodology and skeleton Literature Review then this would form a good basis for building on especially during the summer months.  For me, I need to be well organised or the amount of sources feel as if they are taking over at times.  So it is very much a day at a time and staying on track, not getting side-lined and digging deep.

I eventually submitted 14,000 words so although it was a bit rough round the edges in places and felt a bit rushed towards the end it can now be fine tuned.  It showed also the importance of having a critical friend who can point out even minor errors that you may not have spotted.  Still I am only in Year 2 so have time hopefully to make big improvements.

Some of the sources I have consulted have been more than challenging.  This rare book is worth a mention as the captions with the images are problematic in many cases but as a source of images can provide interesting information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following my supervisor’s meeting last week I now need to submit a rough plan  of action and beginnings of Chapter 2 ready for July.  If anyone says this is a big undertaking was making an understatement as I’m sure I’m not alone in continually questioning my ability to do this.  Still I’ve survived so far so that’s a positive!