THE LAST LEG OF THE JOURNEY

The first dozen of the characters set off today on the last leg of their journey, jostling and bickering in the back of the van.  Arriving safely at the EVAN Gallery on Corney Place they disembarked and now impatiently await the display cases, plinths and interpretation boards that will complete the exhibition. 

 l-r william jameson, samuel lacy, william fairer, percy toplis, william robinson, sarah losh, poet close, margery jackson & joseph pocklington togther with felix, jane and richard III hiding shyly

l-r william jameson, samuel lacy, william fairer, percy toplis, william robinson, sarah losh, poet close, margery jackson & joseph pocklington togther with felix, jane and richard III hiding shyly


 One of Colonel Rutherford's charming illustrated letters home during World War II

One of Colonel Rutherford's charming illustrated letters home during World War II

 

In the next few days their automata colleagues will arrive at the venues around the town where they'll be showing off their moves for the next five weeks. 

Each one is liberated from its static state when a 20 pence piece is inserted in its coin slot, with the proceeds going to local charity, Hospice at Home.  

In the meantime former colleagues at Cumbria Archive Service have been busy digitising the original documents that tell the Beneath the Beacon stories.  The Archive houses thousands of records at Lady Gilford House, Petteril Bank but few in the county know of their existence.  

Ranging from official records to intimate correspondence and hand drawn maps to press cuttings, they were the inspiration for bringing the characters to life.  

The exhibition is accompanied by a heritage quest for families that draws upon these sources.  It consists of twenty-six questions, one for each character.  

 Revd Sidney Swann at the controls of his home-made flying machine

Revd Sidney Swann at the controls of his home-made flying machine

 

This weekend is a busy one by Cumbrian standards with the Penrith Show, Potfest in the Park and Kendal Calling going head to head in the local visitor attraction stakes. 

I hope that some of the people drawn to town for those events will find out about the exhibition and call in while they're here or come back in the coming weeks to see more.