The Lost Words – Curators Blog

Books to inspire you to be a nature lover Working with Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane The Lost Words exhibition will include miniature libraries of books which have inspired them and we hope future generations to take imaginary and real journeys into the natural world.   The Lost Words Spell Walks Our Spell Walks posts are going into the grounds as we prepare for The Lost Words Spell Walks which will take visitors to the exhibition on a journey of words and images with nature spotting on the way.       The Lost Words Letterpress The first letterpress prints for The Lost Words have been rolling off the press today. Each of Robert Macfarlane’s Spells are being set and printed by Nomad Letterpress at the Whittington Press in Gloucestershire. They are being printed in a Caslon font on beautiful 100% cotton hot-pressed paper with each of the titles picked out in gold to match Jackie Morris’s iridescent watercolour and gold leaf paintings.                         The Lost Words Wallpaper We’re excited to see The Lost Words wallpapers going up today! Imagine stepping into a book and seeing a world without oak […]


#ThrowbackThursday: Coffee Bar 57

    This summer’s Britain in the Fifties: Design and Aspiration exhibition touches on the memories of those who lived through it and those who admire its aesthetic. As much as our exhibition has items loaned from other collections, Compton Verney has the local community to thank too. Without them, the 1950s takeover would not be complete.   This week’s #ThrowbackThursday is not about the objects lent to the exhibition itself, but about the refurbishment of our Gallery Café.       The Fifties saw to a growing population of coffee guzzlers. It was never rationed during war time as the nation preferred to sip on tea. But with the increasing amount of coffee bars which popped up in London’s Soho, these places were where the youngsters of the day preferred to be. They offered the alternative to the old fashioned tea-rooms and the smoky pubs. It was not long until these coffee bars were spread across the country. In America, these places were at the heart of the Beatnik Movement – mirroring the centrality of the salon during the French Revolution.   Aside from the food and drink at the centre of our Coffee Bar 57, what ties it all together […]


#ThrowbackThursday: Wedding Edition

  It looks like a day for a white wedding, so let’s have a wedding throwback to the 1950s!   Our summer exhibition, Britain in the Fifties: Design and Aspiration, explores post-war Britain through the perspective of a young couple. We have been kindly loaned objects from the British Motor Museum, Southend Museums, and the V&A. But what makes this exhibition steeped in nostalgia are the objects the local community have lent to us.   Take for example, the wedding dress. It is perhaps in itself the most important dress a woman will wear in her lifetime.  The many questions going through the bride’s mind: what colour? What length?  Sweetheart neckline or something with sleeves? Do I look good in it?   So what’s the story behind the wedding dress in this exhibition? It belongs to Jackie Nash and here is her story: ‘We were married on Easter Tuesday on March 31st 1959. It had to be on a Bank Holiday because a lot of my husband’s family could not close their shops. And we had to be married before the end of the tax year. In those days, if you married before April 5th, you received a tax refund […]

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