Well, it can’t have escaped anybody’s attention (especially those that live in the UK) but this last fortnight has given us a somewhat torrid time with the weather. Whilst I appreciate this will elicit not one iota of sympathy from neither our friends in the north nor our American & Canadian cousins having a dollop of snow delivered unwanted and most unkind atop the sunny South-West has meant that our regular 9-5s have taken a back seat and some behind-the-scenes work has duly been undertaken.
Society member Mr Radford (our encumbered tailor) has made meaningful headway on outfitting our midshipman; no doubt fuelled as one should rightly expect, by fine port and the inability to leave his house!
Society member Mr Radford (an oft proven artisan at whatever pet-project he turns his hand to!) has recently produced this hand-bound copy of ‘A Treatise on the Operations of Surgery’ by Samuel Sharp.
We are truly blessed to have amongst our members some most gifted and skilled individuals – many of the reproduction objects you will see on display at SKG3 events are hand made by society members, who research and learn period skills to bring these to life. Take a look for yourself at the truly magnificent work that went into this unique piece.
Society member Mr Mills attended the Winston Churchill memorial lecture at the American Museum in Britain and upon invitation fielded several questions concerning the loyalist war effort in the South all of which were well received.
The lecture; delivered by Professor Jeremy Black (Exeter University), focused on the question of whether or not the British could have won the American War of Independence.
It was a great opportunity to catch up with an old friend of The Society Jon Ducker to whom we extend our thanks.
The Society offered respects on the anniversary of Simcoe’s passing (1806) at the place of his burial; Wolford Chapel with sombre reflection and sentry. For the most part the majority of The Society’s members have grown up within a stones throw of the chapel. Of note it was this same month in ’77 that ‘Major’ Simcoe assumed command of the Queen’s Rangers.
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A small contingent of members were invited by The Bath Preservation Trust to enhance the display of the recently rejuvenated No.1 Royal Crescent (currently celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Crescent).
The portrayals included gentleman at leisure, returning loyalist officer and retired gentleman of the 35th – much engagement was to be had with members of the public being treated to join in standard army drill – a society mainstay which; as always, was well received!
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Stalwart member Mr Mitchell has been working to contextualise and reproduce a surviving recruitment poster, tweaking primary source material and replicating the typeface and letterpress has been really interesting and we think a fantastic effect created.
Although the attached image shows a test run on standard A3 copy paper Mr Mitchell has researched the correct paper stock and society member Mr Radford is VERY close to achieving a fine-finished hand laid stock – it is important to note that whilst the intention is for the piece to be period correct there is a need to ensure it appears 225yrs new!
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