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Jacquetta at the Festival

Last night, John Brooker (Special Collections Assistant) and I attended the first events in the Ilkley Literature Festival Words, Land and Landscape strand, which is based around Jacquetta Hawkes’ centenary.  Our exhibition seemed to interest visitors and Dr Finn’s talk went extremely well.  The capacity audience asked many key questions and were keen to engage with Jacquetta’s life, works and legacy.  I was thrilled to see at last Jacquetta’s film about Barbara Hepworth: Figures in a Landscape.  My thoughts about the film, and John’s photos of the events, to follow soon.

I am also delighted to hear about an extra event in the Landscape strand. On Sunday 10 October, 3pm, at the Manor House Museum, community archaeologist Gavin Edwards will use “objects from the Bradford Museum Archaeology Collection and references to the regional landscape to illustrate the continuing validity of Jacquetta’s insight”.  Sounds like a fascinating event; I often think of Jacquetta’s writings when walking in the Yorkshire Dales, where the landscape’s “bones” are so clearly visible.

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