On show at Ilkley Manor House Museum

Jacquetta Hawkes and J.B. Priestley on boat while visiting Japan, 1952

Jacquetta Hawkes and J.B. Priestley on boat while visiting Japan, 1952

Today John Brooker (my Assistant) and I set up the Celebrating Jacquetta Hawkes exhibition at the Manor House Museum in Ilkley.  This exhibition uses treasures from the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive to tell her fascinating story, and will be on show throughout the Ilkley Literature Festival until 31 October.  The Festival programme includes a private view of the exhibition, and two talks by Jacquetta’s biographer Dr Christine Finn.

The exhibition concentrates on the years around Jacquetta’s masterpiece A Land, complementing the two talks. It includes the script for her film about Barbara Hepworth, her links with Henry Moore, her work on the Festival of Britain, and the typescript and published version of her greatest poem, Man in Time.  There is also a gallery of photographs of Jacquetta in the 1940s and 1950s, in a chic 40s suit, some stunning New Look dresses, and even a kimono.

Part of the Jacquetta Hawkes exhibition, showing ammonites and Henry Moore illustrations for A Land

Part of the Jacquetta Hawkes exhibition, showing ammonites and Henry Moore illustrations for A Land

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