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.