25 Years! For most of us this isn’t a small passage of time; some would argue a generation! Indeed the passage of the American Revolutionary War (outside the foment and dissidence) lasted but a fraction of this and yet here we are a small, close-knit circle of friends and cohorts, sharing an anniversary perhaps none of us would have predicted that our somewhat odd hobby would last.
The answer for this is quite simple – Michael Butterfield.
It is beyond doubt that the engine room for the society’s longevity has been powered by Mike’s enthusiasm for the Georgian era, his dedication in research, care to detail and boundless subject knowledge.
I came to meet Mike through Chris – a friend and a society member with a hobby so left-field, so anomalous to me as to pique my interest and so, having attended a couple of sporadic events in the run up to the turn of the millennium I found myself pulling on the breeches time and time again.
Some eighteen years later I feel proud to call Mike a close friend, someone I respect and wish well with future endeavours as he takes a hard earned back seat and focuses on ventures new. I hope these receive the same nurturing and professionalism he was kind enough to grant to The Society of King George the Third.
The Society, it’s portrayals and research is all based around a period that with every passing day stretches that little bit further away and yet, as this milestone is reached it is the future we focus on. With the bar having been set so high it was decided amongst the members that we would share the colossal workload that our predecessor bore without complaint.
The quarter century hasn’t passed without it’s pitfalls and losses and we still remember kind friends such as Jim Fuller and Colin Adams.
We look forward to working with, edifying and entertaining clients and their patrons old and new in the years to come!
Wayne Mitchell, Society of King George the Third
God Save the King!
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.
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!