Lots of visitors are coming to the show curated by Eileen Haring Woods at the Aldeburgh Lookout on the beach. There are souvenirs from 150 years ago and more recent ones, that include a gilded moustache mug, the dancing Statue of Liberty and snowglobes. The map room is at the top of the tower and Bill Jackson’s installation takes a virtual world tour. Deborah’s series of ceramics reveal her interpretation of the sea’s waves hitting the shore.
A new edition of Victoria, by Deborah Jaffé, was published by Andre Deutsch on 11 August. First published in 2001 for the centenary of Queen Victoria’s death, this is the fourth edition. The edition coincides with the forthcoming ITV programme, Victoria. Illustrated throughout, in full colour, it places Queen Victoria in the context of the enormous social, political and industrial changes of the 19th century. See more about Victoria here.
An hour spent on the Thames Beach by London Bridge revealed a plethora of ceramic finds, including Roman and Medieval pieces; terracotta roof tiles charred by the Fire of London; parts of Hanseatic storage jars; decorated tin glaze ware and clay pipes. It was a busy time and we had to leave quickly when the tide came in.
September’s issue of Newcomen Links will include full reports of the Summer Meeting in Dublin. These include the fantastic Diving Bell in Dublin Port. Devised by Bindon Blood Stoney in the 1880s it was essential for the building of the deep water docks. It stands on the quay side, close to where it was used.
Following the successful talk on Frank Hornby and Meccano to the Newcomen Society at MOSI Manchester; Portsmouth and the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh; Deborah is pleased to be repeating it in Newcastle and London in 2017. Further information here.
Deborah Jaffé is an author; cultural and design historian; ceramicist and painter with special interests in the history of souvenirs and memory studies; women and innovation; childhood, play and toys.