Poetry review – The Unreturning: P W Bridgman salutes Martin Malone’s poetic counter-attack on certain received ideas about the Great War
by Barbara Lewis • art, design, exhibitions, fashion, history, installations, tapestry, textiles, year 2020 • Tags: art, Barbara Lewis, design, exhibitions, fashion, history, installations, tapestry, textiles •
The risk for any exhibition at Two Temple Place – a glorious late Victorian mansion at Temple, central London – is that the wood carving and stained-glass beauty of the building will steal the show.
East India Dock Road, site of Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest forms part of the A13, which links Aldgate in the City of London to Shoeburyness, forty miles away on the shore of the North Sea – so, not the most obvious place to build a refuge for seafarers.
If Brexit is the result of a backward-looking nostalgia, the Swinging London of the Chelsea Set was the opposite: it marked a determination to move on from the devastation and austerity left by World War II.
In 1962 The Westinghouse Corporation made a documentary film exploring the state of the nation as Britain continued to register the aftershocks of war, adjusted to the loss of empire and witnessed the erosion of its status as a world-class industrial nation.