Wednesday 20 September, 17h30 - The Armitt, AmblesideThe Master and the Canon: Ruskin & Rawnsley - A Lifelong Associationhttps://armitt-library-and-museum-centre.arttickets.org.uk/armitt-library-and-museum-centre/2023-09-20-ruskin-rawnsley-a-life-long-association
Thursday 21 September, 18h30 - The Borrowdale Institute, Rosthwaite, KeswickThe Borrowdale StoryWork With Joy – Hardwicke Rawnsley & The Keswick School of Industrial Arts (illustrated) Admission £10 to include light refreshments, payable at the door. Advance booking strongly advised: mark.radcliffe@ sky.com.
Friday 22 September, 18h00 - Allen Bank, GrasmereThe National TrustRawnsley & Wordsworth – The Poet as MuseTickets £10 - obtainable through the National Trust booking system: It all Began in Grasmere - Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley and the Spirit of Wordsworth | National TrustOr call 01539435143 to book direct and pay on the day. Booking through the website preferred.
Saturday 23 September, 10h30 - The Marchesi Centre, WindermereThe Beatrix Potter SocietyPotter and Rawnsley - A Nation’s Heritage
Friday 29 September, 19h30 - The Pier Arts Centre, StromnessOrkney Arts SocietyWork With Joy – Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley and the Keswick School of Industrial Arts (illustrated)Tickets through Ticketsource, under the Orkney Arts Society listing. £5.00 non-members, £4.00 members, £2.00 school students.
Tuesday 3 October, 19h00 - Stromness Museum, OrkneyCharles Clouston Building, ORIC Campus, Back Road, StromnessFarewell to Stromness – Sir John Franklin and the Rawnsley ConnectionAdmission is free, as charging for admission is not permitted at this site, but donations for Stromness Museum are strongly encouraged!
Tuesday 17 October, 14h30 - Trinity Church Hall, Conduit Road, Abingdon, OX1 1TAAbingdon National Trust AssociationHardwicke Drummond Rawnsley, Co-Founder of the National Trust - Scenes from an Extraordinary Life All welcome - non-members are asked for a donation of £4. For more information visit www.abingdonnt.org.uk
Thursday 19 October, 20h00 - St. Andrew’s Church, 956 Harrow Road, Wembley HA0 2QAWembley & District National Trust GroupHardwicke Drummond Rawnsley, Co-Founder of the National Trust – Scenes from an Extraordinary LifeNon-members welcome - Admission £2 at the door
Michael Allen and Rosalind Rawnsley
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"The book is a wonderful achievement, comprehensive and authoritive, fascinating and engaging. I marvel at how you have managed to include so much and provide such great detail on a very broad range of subjects.
I found the section about Wray extremely interesting, having grown up a few miles away in Hawkshead. HDR was a very definite presence in the Lakes during the time I lived there in the sixties and seventies. The chapter on 'The Voice of the Lake District' is particularly fine, and explains very well why HDR's Lakes books are so good to read." Andrew F. Wilson
"I found it very easy reading and not wanting to break off as the story unfolded. Your comprehensive and interesting coverage of the context of HDR’s activities provides a very clear picture of how tumultuous much of his life must have been. The now no longer unsung roles of Edith and Eleanor in keeping this potentially runaway train on the tracks, was of immense importance. Without their influence an awful lot of very important things might not have been achieved.
For me HDR is the archetypal activist for and facilitator of good causes. Being, as it were, at the sharp end of campaigns and controversies, he was bound to make some enemies but that should not detract from the sum total of his achievements. HDR’s, arguably pivotal, contribution to the conservation of the Lake District can now be fully recognised. It is up to researchers in other fields, such as education and welfare, to assess the extent of his influence, for which purpose the biography is a good starting point.
To sum up I applaud your achievement in producing this biography, which for quality I would place in the top tier of the genre. It deserves to be read and will I hope eventually achieve a reprint." Maurice George