Sunday, 18 February 2018

Lighting up the Carillon and West Quay

This weekend I have been fortunate to spend some time in Southampton with some lovely people! Ok, I can hear you asking what on earth this has to do with Loughborough ...

Connections with Loughborough include my eldest who lives there: he used to play bowls for the Brush up at Nanpantan, but now plays for the Old Bowling Green in Southampton. The connection this weekend was the light show that was taking place in West Quay, which reminded me so much of the light show that we had on the Carillon about three years ago

Putting aside the argument about whether or not directing a light show onto the Carillon - a war memorial paid for by public subscription and built in 1923 - was appropriate or not, the event in Loughborough, which was the precursor to the Loogabarooga Festival, a now annual event celebrating children's literature and book illustration, projected images from children's books onto the building. The event in Southampton was similar, with characters from literature and legend, like St George and the dragon, the pied piper of Hamlyn, projected onto the town walls, but on a much grander scale!

There were a number of other light shows around West Quay like lit cubes and balls, a light maze, a musical instrument - an illumaphonium - and colour-changing water geysers. The latter looked great fun - children dressed head-to-toe in waterproofs and wellingtons were getting soaked as they played with the jets of water, whilst parents and grandparents watched with amazement!

Here's some photos, firstly two Loughborough bowls clubs, followed by some photos from the Loughborough event, and then some from the Southampton light show, and a surprise finale!

Men Bowling at Queen's Park Loughborough
Bowling at Queen's Park

The Brush bowls green Loughborough
The Brush bowls green

Light show on the Carillon Loughborough
Light show on the Carillon

Light show on the Carillon Loughborough
Light show on the Carillon

Light show on the Carillon Loughborough
Light show on the Carillon

Light show on the Carillon Loughborough
Light show on the Carillon

Light show on the Carillon Loughborough
Light show on the Carillon
   
Light show on Southampton walls
Light show on Southampton walls

Light show on Southampton walls
Light show on Southampton walls

Light show on Southampton walls
Light show on Southampton walls

Light show on Southampton walls
Light show on Southampton walls

Light show on Southampton walls
Light show on Southampton walls

Light show on Southampton walls
Light show on Southampton walls

Light show on Southampton walls
Light show on Southampton walls

Light show on Southampton walls
Light show on Southampton walls

Light show on Southampton walls
Light show on Southampton walls

  The illumaphonium Southampton light show
The illumaphonium 

The Guildhall Southampton
The Guildhall Southampton


Folded Spitfire at the Guildhall Southampton
Did I say we saw a folded up spitfire outside the Guildhall?

Spitfire outside Southampton Guildhall
Close-up of the spitfire

Inside The new John Hansard Gallery Southampton
The new John Hansard Gallery Southampton

Modern art in the new John Hansard Gallery Southampton
Modern art in the new John Hansard Gallery Southampton

A Ford transformer in the new John Hansard Gallery Southampton
A Ford transformer!

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

More on suffrage and the carillon

Following on from last week's mention of the unveiling of the statue of Alice Hawkins, suffragette from Leicester, this week I found myself at another unveiling, this time of the suffragette exhibition in the public library. 

This display was researched and arranged by the newly-formed Leicestershire Labour History Society, and the unveiling timed specifically to coincide with the passing of the Representation of the People Act, 1918. This Act decreed that all men over the age of 21 would be granted the vote, as would women over 30, provided they held property to the value of at least £5, or were married to a man who did. 

There were, of course, many things that lead up to the passing of this Act, including the First World War, during which whilst men were fighting in the trenches, women were working in munitions factories, as well as on the trains, trams and buses, and in other industries which were previously regarding as men's roles. Also, as part of the women's suffrage movement, women were campaigning to be allowed to vote. 

The exhibition in the public library starts with the early days suffrage, possibly around 1875, and follows the progress of the movement, form early meetings in the Town Hall, to later involvement of some Loughborough women. 

The opening of the exhibition began in the Charnwood Museum, in front of the model suffragette, and moved on to the public library. Many members of the Leicestershire Labour History Society were present, along with other interested people, and the exhibition was declared open by Lord Willy Bach, Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

I've put a few photos from the event below, but do pop along to the exhibition if you can - it's well worth a read.

Last week I attended a fascinating talk given by Caroline Sharp (King) about the Loughborough Carillon. After the initial discussions over the pronunciation of the word "carillon" Caroline told the meeting all about her tour of the carillons in the UK, which she undertook when she became our carilloneur in 2008. Apparently, there are 12 carillons in the UK, and Caroline, along with some of her relatives, visited and played quite number of these. 

She also explained how the instrument works, and how to interpret the music that is written for it. Unlike playing a piano or an organ, playing the carillon requires a good deal of strength and is a great workout!

There are regular carillon recitals during the year, given by Caroline, and special performances during the week surrounding 22 July, the anniversary of the opening of the Carillon, and on Remembrance Day. The sound of the bells rings out around the town, and can be heard from quite some way away.



















Alice Hawkins the day after unveiling















You are welcome to quote passages from any of my posts, with appropriate credit. The correct citation for this looks as follow:

Dyer, Lynne (2018). More on suffrage and the carillon. Available fromhttps://lynneaboutloughborough.blogspot.com/2018/02/more-on-suffrage-and-carillon.html [Accessed 11 February 2018]

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Lynne