‘The Life & Works of BB’ Exhibition
To celebrate the 70th year of BB’s classic children’s tale, Brendon Chase, the BB Society staged a week-long exhibition of BB’s writings, paintings and memorabilia at Lamport Hall in Northamptonshire (30th June – 6th July, 2014).
Lamport Hall, once the stately home of the illustrious Isham family, is situated opposite All Hallows Church, in the village of Lamport where BB was born and lived his childhood years.
As a youngster, he was a frequent visitor to events at the Hall and no doubt aware of the hundreds of ceramic gnomes which populated the massive rockery erected by the eccentric Lord Charles Isham.
It is believed that it was the Lamport gnomes which inspired the writing of BB’s Carnegie prize-winning story The Little Grey Men in 1942.
Staged in the Halls’ former coach house, the exhibition featured more than 200 of BB’s original paintings, drypoints and scraperboard illustrations, many of which were on public display for the first time.
First edition, signed copies of all of BB’s books complete with dust-jackets were also displayed, along with many personal artefacts including BB’s artist’s palette, scraperboard tools, fishing rod, pipes and walking stick, and an archive of his Shooting Times articles.
A 40 page full-colour brochure is available from the BB Society Merchandising Officer featuring a complete exposition of BB Life & Works. Available to members and non-members alike at £7.50 per copy including post and packaging. A not to be missed collector’s item!