Making Mischief: Folk Costume in Britain

Making Mischief: Folk Costume in Britain

My Mum and Dad were folk dancers!  Morris and many forms of serious country dance were discussed, toyed over, practised and performed on a weekly basis. Just a few months before my elderly Mum died, I remember her drawing out ‘moves’ on paper in...
A Master Painter Revealed – Compton Verney

A Master Painter Revealed – Compton Verney

I was so happy to eventually get a date fixed to visit my best friend who volunteers at Compton Verney Art Gallery. She had told me about two exhibitions that would really tickle my fancy…  and I really didn’t want to miss out! This exhibition is described...
What colour was smalt?

What colour was smalt?

During Ying Yangs talk about the restoration of Louise de Keroualle by Sir Godfrey Kneller we learnt a little bit about how colours for paints were made and used in the 17th century. One such colour was smalt – a ground blue potassium glass containing cobalt...
Picture Restoration

Picture Restoration

Those of you who use Instagram may have seen some posts recently about the restoration of important works of art at Goodwood House. Well-known conservator Ying Yang has been working meticulously over the winter months to restore the vibrancy of paintings by artists...
The Selsey Arms

The Selsey Arms

Have you ever wondered why the pub on the A286 at West Dean, north of Chichester is called the Selsey Arms? It is really quite a long way from the small town of Selsey located on the southern most tip of the Manhood Peninsula. My previous post told the early story of...