Nicki Balfour Penny gave a truly fascinating talk to around 30 members of The Lymington Society on the Shell Heritage Art collection .
In her presentation Nicki explained that the collection is still owned by Shell but kept on view at the Museum where she is the archivist . Nicki gave a chronological walk through the collection starting with the early postcards used for advertising and highlighting some of the social issues of the day such as Votes for Women .
Members were surprised to discover that the advertising also featured Valentines cards and even early silent films .
The posters themselves provided a unique insight into the social history of the twentieth century from the early 1900s to 1970s. Nicki emphasised the importance of Shell’s director of advertising Jack Beddington, who in the 1930s was successful in commissioning some of the country’s best artists to design poster collections such as “Visit Britain’s Landmarks”, Prefer Shell, and “ Everywhere you go “ among others This has made the collection not only a showcase for the social history of the time but has helped highlight the early works of artists such as Ben Nicholson, Paul Nash, Vanessa Bell , Rex Whistler , Graham Sutherland, Edward Kauffer and Hans Schleger.
Members were also interested to learn that Shell compiled a series of Travel Guides edited by John Betjeman which were made into short films, and broadcast in black and white on TV. There were also a series of poster on nature topics which were used in school in the sixties.
Indeed it became clear that the collection is foremost a great treasure trove of commercial art rather than just a series of adverts.
The Lymington Society has sponsored a tree in the St Thomas’ Church Christmas Tree Festival. It’s decorated with photographs of the area. Well done Heather Burrell and Pam Morrissey for doing the decorations. The tree is the one next to the pulpit.
Nov 21st – “Local Solar Farm for Local People”
We were delighted to welcome Anthony Woolhouse, a founder of the West Solent Solar Cooperative, who talked about the creation of our own local Solar Farm in Pennington. The Cooperative also works with local groups, especially schools, and is active in a number of funded environmental projects. Anthony gave us a fascinating insight into Lymington’s part in a global movement for greener energy.
Anthony’s talk was followed by an active Q & A session, and he told me he appreciated the quality of the questions from our members, and our evident interest in this local green initiative. The solar farm produces enough power for around 700 homes, and all gest consumed within a few miles, so it truly serves Lymington and Pennington.
March 22nd AGM Fuller Hall 6.30pm for 7.00pm
After the business part of the meeting we will have a presentation by Mark Drury
from SPUD. This local organisation Space, Place Making and Urban Design are
responsible for The Observatory and Exbury Egg and will be involved in helping
us project manage our Heritage Lottery bid for the restoration of The Burrard
Neale Monument .
Richard Reeves a local historian, has kindly agreed to talk to members about his research of Newtown Park
His talk will focus on the period from 1774 when Newtown rose to a pinnacle based on its association with the expanding British Empire
This will be of particular interest to those members who were given a tour of the grounds last May.
Time 6pm for 6.30 pm
£5 on the door to include drinks and nibbles
Location Fuller Room Community Centre
26th January 2017 6pm for 6.30pm
Talk on The Lymington Salt Industry
We are starting our 2017 social programme with a talk from Frank Green, The
New Forest National Parks archaeologist. Frank has kindly agreed to talk to the
society about The Salt Industry. His talk will focus on recent documentary and
archaeological research and excavations that have provided additional sources of
information that have improved our knowledge about much earlier aspects of sea salt
Venue McClelland Room Community Centre
£5 Admission charge to include light refreshments
On 1st October members enjoyed an informal open morning at New Forest Classic Cars at their unit on the Ampress industrial estate. This fascinating local business employs highly skilled engineers and craftsmen to restore and rebuild classic cars, principally E-Type Jaguars.
Their starting point can be a car which is little more than a rusting relic, but they have the skills to completely rebuild and re-engineer by hand, going so far as to source original paint and upholstery colours. All work is carried out on site, so we had the opportunity to see not only the engineering but the upholstery section and the body and paint shops, as well as cars in various stages of restoration.
It really is encouraging to see these skills being developed and employed locally, and these same experts were on hand all morning to answer our questions. It certainly was thoroughly enjoyable and informative.
Refreshments were provided and we would really like to thank the whole team at NFCC for their hospitality. We also wish them luck in their new home, as they have bought the classic car garage in Beaulieu and will be relocating there.