What's on at Burgh House: July 2014

10 July 2014

Get away from the hustle and bustle of London by enjoying an exhibition or recital at Burgh House this summer. All washed down with tea and a home-made cake in our glorious garden.

Fellowship & Sacrifice

Sister Edith Appleton: Front Line Nurse and Diarist in the Great War
Thursday 31st July, 7pm

Edith Appleton served in Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR) throughout the First World War. Often near the Front in northern France, she wrote an amazing daily journal. This presentation, by Edie’s great-nephew Dick Robinson, tells her story, with extracts from the diaries read by Dick’s wife, Lisa.  A Nurse at the Front:The First World War Diaries of Sister Edith Appleton was published by the Imperial War Museum with Simon & Schusterin March 2012. Her website is www.edithappleton.org.ukFREE

First World War Centenary: Family Craft and Story Event
31st August, 1-4pm
Drop-in craft session based on the current temporary exhibition, with singing from a visiting drama group. Suitable for ages 3+. FREE

Fundraising for the Front: Burgh House Gala Tea Party and Recital
Sunday 14th Sept, 12-5pm 

In the spirit of the fundraising done for the war effort during the First World War, Burgh House will host a open gala afternoon featuring period music, activities, refreshments and crafts for all ages. FREE
Fellowship & Sacrifice: Hampstead and the First World War Walk
Sunday 28th Sept, 12:00 noon

Informative walk led by Marilyn Greene. This walk will explore First World War Hampstead, including sites used for military training, auxiliary hospitals and artists’ residences. Meet at Burgh House. FREE

The Merry Go Round of War: A Talk by the Rev'd Stephen Tucker
Thursday 13th Nov, 7:00 for 7:30pm 

Presented in assosiation with the Friends of Burgh House, this illustrated talk about artists working in Hampstead during the the First World War will be given by the Rev'd Stephen Tucker who has been exploring the art, music and literature of the period through the First World War commemoration programme at St John-at-Hampstead. The talk will feature Mark Gertler, the Bloomsbury set, the Carline family and Stanley Spencer, among others. Contact us for more information and to book. Tickets £5

Mark Gertler, Merry-Go-Round, 1916 (Tate)


Piano and Violin Recital by Jane Faulkner and Gary Peacock
Sunday 20th July, 3:00pm

Jane and Gary have been performing together for seven years and present here
a programme of  Beethoven, Granados, Grieg, Prokofiev and Dvorak.
Tickets £10 available on the door or in advance from 01923 265066


Sculpture and Glass
9th-20th July

David R. Harris: sculpture in four media, inspired by natural materials and the human form. Caroline Harris: bright, beautiful, innovative fused-glass artworks.
Discover Two Worlds of Mexico
23rd July-4th August

Sara N Donovan presents a photographic collection through the Yucatán Peninsula, from rainforest to town. 

Clubs and Classes

Fine Art 4 Kids Summer Workshops
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 22-24th July, 5th-7th, 12th-14th and 26th-28th August, 10am
More fun summer activities for
budding artists, exploring the work of Matisse, van Gogh, da Vinci and Andy Warhol.www.fineart4kids.com

Bridge Club
Wednesdays 1.30pm, £2

Scrabble Club
Thursdays, 2pm, £1

18th July-14th December 2014

To mark the start of the First World War Centenary, this exhibition will look at the effects of the war on Hampstead Village and the Heath. It will touch on the work of official war artists from the area and soldiers from Hampstead who fought at the Front. The exhibition will also examine the important role played by local military hospitals and residents. The exhibition will feature two new aquisitions for Hampstead Museum: an original copy of Blast War Number by Wyndham Lewis and a Nancy Carline oil painting of Richard Carline, whose work is also featured in the exhibition.

Blast was a short-lived publication of the Vortist movement in Britain. Only two editions were published: the first in July and published with uncharacteristic and shockingly pink cover referred to by Ezra Pound as the 'great Magenta cover'd opusculus', and the second a year later on 15 July 1915. Both editions were written primarily by Wyndham Lewis. The magazine is emblematic of the modern art movement in England and recognised as a seminal text of pre-war 20th-century modernism.

The second edition War Number published on 20 July 1915, contains a short play by Ezra Pound and T. S. Elliot's poems Preludes and Rhapsody on a Windy Night. Another article by Gaudier-Brzeska entitled Vortex (written from the trenches) further described the Vorticist aesthetic. It was written while Gaudier-Brzeska was fighting in the First World War, a few weeks before he was killed. An original copy of the War Number issue has been purchased by Hampstead Museum and will be on display as part of our First World War exhibition. It features Hampstead artists, including Christopher Nevinson, and a full transcript will be available to read.

Thirty-three days after Blast 1 was published, war was declared on Germany. The First World War would be the end of Vorticism, both Gaudier-Brzeska and T. E. Hulme were killed at the front, and Bomberg lost his faith in modernity. Lewis was mobilised in 1916, initially fighting in France as an artillery officer, later working as a war artist for the Canadian Government. He would try to re-invigorate the avant-garde after the war. Lewis wrote to a friend that he intended to publish a third edition of Blast in November 1919, but the third issue never appeared.

Nancy Higgins met Richard Carline in 1934 and they married after the Second World War, settling at 17 Pond Street. A fellow Slade artist, Nancy’s artistic style reflects her husband’s, visible through the bold brushstrokes and strong use of colour, as seen in this portrait.

Pattern of French Fields Behind the Front Lines by Richard Carline, 1918. From the collection of the Royal Air Force Museum, London (reproduced by kind permission of the Estate of Richard Carline).



Fellowship & Sacrifice: Hampstead and the First World War is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War: Then and Now programme.