In March I picked The Blitz as my book of the month. I thought you might be interested to hear what a Book Club thinks about this title. As I mentioned before, The Blitz includes tactile images of Totes Meer, painted by Paul Nash in 1940/1 and Bedford Circus after the Blitz painted by AC Brown in 1942.
This book brings up different memories for people of all ages and particularly those that lived through that time. My reason for picking this was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death.
Last week I received some lovely comments from Nia, who runs a group based near Preston, north of Liverpool.
“My name is Nia Coleman and I am a Vision Services Coordinator for Galloway’s Society for the Blind, which is a charity providing support for people living with sight loss throughout Lancashire and Sefton. As part of my role I coordinate activities and courses such as the History Group. For those living with sight loss, accessing museums and paintings is problematic as they cannot see the information and exhibits. I approached Living Paintings and requested The Blitz and delivered a session focusing on WW2.
The session was well attended and I followed the useful guidance provided in the Information Pack. The group particularly enjoyed the story behind each painting and the way it was delivered in the audio guide. The music also helped to create the correct ambiance and make the painting come alive to the group. The paintings prompted a lot of discussion regarding the War and the memories that they had. We can’t wait to try the next pack later this year.”
Nia also told me that she had put together a WW2 quiz for the members, which she was happy to share with other Clubs. So to tickle your taste buds, here are a couple of questions from her quiz:
In 1940-1 how often did a Briton get a fresh egg?
– Every week
– Every 2 months
– Every year
In 1945, a young English actress famed for her beautiful eyes starred in a film called ‘National Velvet’. Who was she?
– Maureen O’Hara
– Joan Collins
– Elizabeth Taylor
– Vivien Leigh
If you would like a copy of Nia’s WW2 quiz give us a call and we can send you a hard copy by post or electronically by email.
By the way, the book the group have chosen for later this year is Dickensian Hard Times.
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