Launch of new book by Fathom Writers’ Press

By janetuplin |

What could be the final book in a fascinating series on the history of Barton upon Humber has just been launched.

The book, The Railway Comes to Barton on Humber: 1844 – 1914  has been written by railway enthusiast and historian Anthony Berridge and edited by fellow historian Geoff Bryant.

Speaking at the launch, held at The Ropery Coffee Shop, Mr Berridge reminisced that it was many years ago since he was first approached to write a book on the coming of the railway to Barton.

“At last it is published despite a loss of data and subsequent distress,” he went on.

“In writing this book it was difficult to know what to put in and difficult to know when to stop,” Mr Berridge revealed.  “But the book runs from five years before the beginning of the railway in 1849 and I stopped at the start of the Great War in 1914.

Mr Bryant recalled how Barton’s rich vein of books on its history came into being.

“It was in 1960 when the local WEA tutor Rex Russell published his first book “Schools and Education in Barton. He brought out books about every other year and at the end had published well over 100 books about Barton,” he said.

Between 1970 and 2008 Mr Bryant, Mr Russell, and local wildlife expert and artist Miles Hopper published more literature through the auspices of the WEA.

“Included in that was, in 1994,  “The Early History of Barton upon Humber” from the year dot to 1986 and at the time thought that would be that,” Mr Bryant recalled.  “Then I thought why finish in 1086?”

“Myself and a few others, historians and others interested in local history gathered in my house one night in 2001 and decided that we would carry on from 1086 – and we thought it would all go in one book but it soon became clear we needed more than one book and so nine titles were drawn up and eight of those nine titles are now in publication .  Medieval Barton is still outstanding.”

The WEA produced the first five books to be published in the series  and when it ceased to publish such publications in its name, Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk stepped in and further books were published under the auspices of Fathom Writers Press.

More publications followed in 2009, 2011, followed by Mr Berridge’s book.

“I think there is more history of Barton to be written although this book is the last one I shall edit.  We have hardly touched on industry or farming, “Mr Bryant continued.

The book is available to buy from The Ropewalk, Wilderspin National School and 8 Queen Street, all in Barton, and costs just £9.

 

 

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Spring Awakening

In the Box Gallery this month we have been inspired by the weather, and have put together a display celebrating spring. The focus is on the rebirth of nature, selecting pieces which represent the bloom of new flowers and joyous animals. The range of work within the exhibition is from a variety of makers working in different crafts all embodying our theme of spring.

Here is just a selection of the pieces we have on display in the Box Gallery.

 

By devonb |

Agitated Presence

Paul Collinson | Gary Saunt | Kat Saunt | Steve Upton

This exhibition shows work by a group of East Yorkshire and Hull based painters whose practice involves, either incidentally or wholly,  the used of photography or computer software.

This can be in the organisation of the idea, the capture and use images as subject matter, or in the very creation of the artwork itself.

What all the painters do have in common is that need, the “agitation”, to produce something that has a presence.

By richardhatfield |

Andrew Adair

Obviously my specialisation is in ceramics, but over the last 3-4 years I have diverged into 2D abstract and flitted back and forth between the two often combining techniques across both. A constant theme throughout has been the printed letter/text and the interplay between positive and negative space therein. The older letter bottles are relief printmaking in clay and from them blossomed the larger industrial 2D abstracts onto old metal shelves and disused wooden pallets. Another ever present has been my trusted blowtorch, which has enabled me to produce interesting surfaces and textures in the clay through forced drying and also letting me introduce dirt into the painted surface in the form of trapped carbon. It is important for me to be true to the material and allow it to be inherent in the final pieces.

Topics and style vary, from heavily textured, distorted pots, to letters bottles discussing elements of jazz, to political and social commentary and stuff about bikes? The large abstracts initially explored the rhythms between the letters but then began to migrate into the self-portrait in the form of big selfies and some of these themes then translated back into the pot form.

Throughout my career my work has cycled back to the same themes – surface and form – and these are essentially what this exhibition is about.

By richardhatfield |

MODJOOL

Customisable jewellery by Jackie Selcraig

Jackie Selcraig does not abide by the taught rules of creative design, for her it is very fluid and unstructured. Governed instead by play Jackie begins by siting down and experimenting with the composition of the bits and pieces she has collected over the years. Enjoying mixing colours, textures and materials, the aim is always to create something different, unique and unusual.

Modjool started with the Build Ring, since then, it has grown into a whole family of interactive jewellery, attracting fashion conscious customer eager to take advantage of the versatility of the range. Modjool is a system of statement jewellery, which features ranges which can be worn individually, mixed and matched or combined magnetically. The wearer can adapt the appearance by simply changing colour, shape, size, material or style all within the same jewellery collection.

Shape is bold, geometric, statement jewellery. The pendants can be magnetically attached to any of the colourful Click Range using a special bail.

Build is fun customisable jewellery. The silver ring and necklace base pieces can be transformed by adding a variety of colourful beads and stoppers. You can create a different look every day. Mix the colours up or choose a neutral palette for something more sophisticated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By devonb |

Jill Stewart

Metal Clocks

There’s something about the contrast of textures of the different metals and etched parts that is so compelling. Metal is not always a hard shiny intractable thing – it can have a softer look, have variable colours created by the act of heating, can be a way of drawing in the air.

Jill Stewart was brought up in rural Northumberland, surrounded by nature and colour, always noticing the tiny details that surround us. After city adventures and unsuitable jobs, she started to make things, and developed unique ways of working in brass, copper, silver and titanium. The clocks developed after she was challenged to make larger items than jewellery, and to really develop a colour palette using the effects of heat on different metals. After cutting out the shapes, a large flame is used to solder parts of the design together, but also makes copper go beautiful unpredictable shades of dark red, and changes the look of other metals, especially the etched parts. The handmade look is important, that you can tell an actual person worked closely with their materials here, not absolutely sure how each process would turn out.

 

By devonb |

Luke Jerram

Harrison’s Garden

If John Harrison had a garden, how might it have looked?

In 2017, artist Luke Jerram took that thought and turned it into an amazing and imaginative exhibition that has been touring the UK. His idea was to create a ‘an imagined garden’ of clocks clustered into species, forming ‘flowerbeds’, ‘islands’, ‘pathways’ and borders’. Luke’s array of around 3000 timepieces has now visited the beautiful National Trust properties of Nostell Priory, Gunby Hall and Penrhyn Castle.

And in January 2019, Harrison’s Garden will reach its final destination at The Ropewalk. Bringing Harrison’s Garden home has been organised by the Better Barrow Community Project and Luke has kindly offered to donate the clocks to their fundraising cause to erect a statue of John Harrison. The clocks will be auctioned at the end of the exhibition – for further information visit betterbarrow.org

Harrison’s Garden was originally commissioned by Connect! and presented over 5 days at Devon’s Thelma Hulbert Gallery in 2015.

By richardhatfield |