Deborah will give the inaugural lecture to the new South Yorkshire Branch of the Newcomen Society, at Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield on 23 January 2017. The lecture will be Frank Hornby & Mechanical Toys – Britain, Germany & the USA. The fascinating and entrepreneurial Frank Hornby was the inventor of Meccano, The Hornby Railway and Dinky Cars – one of the great toy designers. The lecture is based on Deborah’s research for The History of Toys. Further information here
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.