Tag Archives: Christine Finn

Jacquetta updates!

Coming along to our fantastic free event exploring Jacquetta’s Mount Carmel experience on 18 March?  All welcome and there is still room!  Register and find out more here.

Yesterday Dr Christine Finn was interviewed on BBC Radio Jersey: she discussed Jacquetta’s Jersey archae0logy and some exciting news about her authorised biography – you can listen to the interview on the iplayer (up till 10 April).  Christine’s piece is about an hour into the broadcast.


Overlooked: exploring the outsider artist

Jacquetta’s biographer Dr Christine Finn is curating an exhibition called Overlooked in her home town of Deal, from 22-30 June. The exhibition, part of the Love Architecture festival, reflects on outsider art through all kinds of activities. It is centred on Dr Finn’s family home, now an art space..


Bird House, photograph by Christine Finn

Radio Repeats

Delighted to hear that the BBC Radio 3 programme about Jacquetta Hawkes, which featured the Archive and me, will be repeated in August (Saturday 3rd).  I thought it was a really interesting exploration of Jacquetta’s life, work and place in history – very rewarding to be involved with it.

A Land at Chipping Campden Lit Fest

Dr Christine Finn will discuss Jacquetta’s life and ideas on Friday 3 May 2013 at the Chipping Campden Literature Festival.  Jacquetta had a particular connection with this part of Gloucestershire.  She lived in Chipping Campden for the latter part of her life, moving to a house called Littlecote after the death in 1984 of her husband J.B. Priestley.  This was, as her friend Diana Collins observed, a wise move, taking her away from the home she had shared with JB but not too far from her local friends and interests.

Jacquetta Hawkes in 1986, at Hubberholme church

Jacquetta Hawkes in 1986, at Hubberholme church

Full details of the programme, location, tickets etc. on the Festival website.  The Festival looks to be a fascinating mix of literary discussion, practical skills and fun for children.  Authors celebrated in the programme include Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Proust, Ford Madox Ford and Nancy Mitford.

Pick of the Week

The recent BBC radio programme about Jacquetta Hawkes is part of Radio 4’s Pick of the Week!  So it will be available online a little longer for anyone who has not heard it.

Back to A Land: on show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

We’re thrilled to announce that some of the most exciting, beautiful and historically fascinating objects in the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive will be on show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park from 8 September to 4 November 2012.  They appear as part of an exhibition, Back to A Land, curated by Dr Christine Finn, Jacquetta’s biographer.

La Cotte de St. Brelade (Jersey), entrance to the cave from the ravine (archive ref: HAW 18/3/45)

La Cotte de St. Brelade (Jersey), entrance to the cave from the ravine (archive ref: HAW 18/3/45)

The exhibition coincides with the Harper Collins reissue of Jacquetta’s tour de force, A Land, her synthesis of geology, poetry and travelogue.  Fêted by critics and the public as a celebration of Britain’s landscape as it emerged out of the dark days of war, Hawkes’ wandering – and wondering – about the origins of Britain’s foundations, from primeval swamp to North London pavement, was illustrated by her friend Henry Moore.  Dr Finn has used the book as well as Jacquetta’s notebooks, manuscripts, photographs and other archive items to revisit the key locations of A Land, reflecting on how Britain has changed since first publication and presents the results in new photography, film, and illustration.

Radio Highlight: Past Personal

This Sunday (9 August) on Radio 3, Jacquetta’s biographer Dr Christine Finn explores why this public figure, who defined archaeology for the post-war generation, was forgotten for so long – only now being rediscovered.  The Hawkes Archive and me (Alison Cullingford) as its curator feature as part of the story.

Dr Finn unpacking the Hawkes Archive on its arrival at the University of Bradford in 2004

Dr Finn unpacking the Hawkes Archive on its arrival at the University of Bradford in 2003

The programme also  includes contributions from well-known archaeologists (Barry Cunliffe, Martin Henig, Michael Shanks) and from Jacquetta’s family (her son Nicolas and her step-son Tom Priestley).