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Recreating Jane Austen’s World - Aldbourne couple feature in BBC Documentary

 2017 marks the two hundredth anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. However, her world is very much alive today.  

 

Aldbourne couple Ros and Chris Oswald love all things Jane Austen and are featured in a BBC documentary – “My Friend Jane” - which will be shown on BBC One South on Monday July 17 at 7pm.

This is the eve of the anniversary Jane Austen’s death (July 18th 1871).

 

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Toyah wows MantonFest's biggest ever crowd

 

Roger Grant, the organiser of Saturday's (July 1) MantonFest 2017, is emphatic: "How did it go?", we asked.   "MantonFest 2017 was the most successful yet.”

"We had twice as many people as last year, the weather was good and the atmosphere was electric.  It was a complete family occasion with adults and children playing and enjoying themselves, listening to music and relaxing in the fine summer weather in amazing surroundings."

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The Third Policeman reports for duty on the Ogbourne Maizey beat - has a bicycle gone missing?

 

Transposing an iconic comic novel full of surreal lunacy into a play is one giant step for Irish literature - quite another step is bringing the play for one performance only to a beautiful garden in Ogbourne Maizey - a couple of miles north of Marlborough.  

The novel is Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman and the Miracle Theatre Company from Cornwall brings this dramatised version to Maizey Lodge next month.  How lucky can Marlborough people be to have such a side-splitting rest from Nordic noir and all those grim cop shows on the telly?

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At Crofton Beam Engines: Wiltshire & World War One...home life & women's role

The Hospital Barge BitternThe Hospital Barge BitternA free talk at Crofton Beam Engines, alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal, will examine how women changed their behaviour to fill the void left when their menfolk had to leave home to join frontline forces during the First World War.

The talk, by Emma Shelley, will focus on some of the roles played by women, and how they began to flex their muscles in the theatre of war. What new skills did they have to learn, what pressures did they face, and what lessons did they take from it? Women paid a price for the war raging in Europe – what legacy did that leave?

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St Peter's Church recital series ends with three 'old friends playing music together' - actually they're three widely acclaimed musicians

 

The fifth series of recitals by Brilliant Young International Pianists and Musicians at St Peter's Church ends on Sunday evening (June 25) with a very special concert indeed.  Three internationally renowned instrumentalists performing together as the Watterton Trio - it will be a real treat for Marlborough.

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A unique exhibition: Katharine House Gallery hosts Peter O’Toole's eclectic collection

Chris Gange holding the Sican Gold Mask - with other items including the Luristan Bronze Short SwordChris Gange holding the Sican Gold Mask - with other items including the Luristan Bronze Short SwordAn exhibition of many works of art and ancient artefacts from Peter O'Toole's unique private collection is coming to Marlborough's Katharine House Gallery - the sixteenth century building at the bottom of The Parade.

Chris Gange, owner of the gallery, told Marlborough.News: "I have been dealing for over 25 years in the unusual mixture of Twentieth Century British paintings, sculpture and ceramics alongside antiquities, tribal art and curios from around the world."

"The opportunity to exhibit these splendid and eclectic pieces from Peter O’Toole’s collection came as a delightful surprise, fitting my Gallery like a glove.”

Award winning actor, Peter O’Toole, who died in 2013, is perhaps best known for his role as Lawrence of Arabia in the David Lean film of 1962.

It was during the shooting of this film (one of the longest shooting schedules in cinema history) in Jordan, Egypt and Morocco that O’Toole’s passion for collecting antiquities began.

The exhibition, which opens on May 13, includes over 70 items ranging from a Luristan bronze short sword (dated eighth to tenth century BC) to a Sir Jacob Epstein bronze portrait bust entitled Third Portrait of Deidre (1942) which used to sit in the drawing room of the O’Toole family home.

Photo by Ken Danvers (1911-1980): Peter O’Toole with Alec Guinness on the set of ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ (1961/62)  Original vintage photograph. Production stamps on the back signed by Danvers - David Lean’s regular stills photographerPhoto by Ken Danvers (1911-1980): Peter O’Toole with Alec Guinness on the set of ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ (1961/62) Original vintage photograph. Production stamps on the back signed by Danvers - David Lean’s regular stills photographerEarthenware dog effigy vessel, Colima, Mexico. 1st C BC - 3rd C ADEarthenware dog effigy vessel, Colima, Mexico. 1st C BC - 3rd C ADSeveral items of the collection reflect O’Toole’s fascination with Pre-Columbian art and culture which began when he was filming Murphy’s Law in 1971. Chris Gange has chosen his favourite piece in the exhibition: “I am most impressed by the Colima Dog effigy (circa 100 B.C-300 A.D). Dogs were indigenous to the ancient Americas. They served as companions, hunting partners, underworld guides and even sources of food.”

O’Toole was indefatigable in adding to his collection. “He used to like to go off with local people to archaeological sites, a bit like Indiana Jones! He donated several minor archaeological artefacts to the British Museum.”

The exhibition also includes paintings by Patrick Oliver, a lifelong friend of O’Toole, who was tutor to Damien Hirst and Marcus Harvey, together with numerous curios and souvenirs.

Peter O’Toole’s daughter, Kate, who will be attending the opening of the exhibition on May 13 is delighted Katharine House Gallery is exhibiting part of her father’s collection of art and antiquities: "One of his great joys in life was to study and collect works of art from the many cultures and countries that he visited during his long film career. This exhibition will give people a unique opportunity to see and appreciate this little known aspect of my father’s personality.”

These items from the collection are for sale with prices ranging from £50 to £9500.  Some have been sold prior to the exhibition's opening.  The catalogue can be seen on the Katharine House website.

The exhibition runs from May 13 to June 24, Monday to Saturday 10.00 - 5.30.  Entry is free.

Teotihuacan ‘Portrait Heads’ - £60-£95 eachTeotihuacan ‘Portrait Heads’ - £60-£95 each

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