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Film Evening – “Forgotten, But Not Gone”
November 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Society’s 2017 Film Evening will be held on Friday 24th November 2017 at The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury London WC1N 3AT. The nearest Underground station is Russell Square on the Piccadilly Line, though Holborn is not too far away which is on the Central Line.
Members and their guests may opt to attend the film presentation only at £20.00, or to join us for buffet refreshments from 6.15pm at a cost of £31.00 per head. There will be a cash bar. We will start the film presentation at 7.15pm.
This is a new venue for The Society. Founded in 1884 by young architects and designers who wanted to create a meeting place where those working in the fine and the applied arts could meet on an equal footing. Many of the prominent figures of the Arts and Crafts Movement were active in the first fifty years. The Guild moved into Queen Square in 1913. No.6 had been used by James Ackerman & Co, the lithographers and printers, while William Morris’ firm had been at 26 since 1865, with the workshops and offices on the ground floor while Morris and his family lived on the first. The firm remained there until they moved to larger premises in Merton Abbey in 1881.
In 1885, the sculptor and first Master of the Guild, George Blackall Simmons, said, “The AWG differs from all Art societies in that it is not formed for the propagation of any one branch or style of Art. It is not a school, it is not a Club, and it is not a Debating Society. In the AWG I find something of a spirit of the studio life of Rome” Some 30 years later, the Master for 1917, Henry Wilson, gave a rather different view, “For myself, I know no more consoling atmosphere, few more recreative, regenerative influences than those to be found in the Guild. To the outer world however, the Guild is a club of Artists, and, as everybody who is anybody knows, artists are unpractical cranks…”
It is, therefore, a rather suitable venue for a meeting of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London. The Hall, where our Film Evening will take place, was built in 1913-14 into the yard of No 6, Queen Square and was designed by F.W. Troup. Around the walls are painted the names of Guildsmen since 1884: white when still alive, gilded when not; in niches sit busts of some of the founders, while the walls are covered with portraits of Past-Masters. We will sit on ladder-backed, rush seated Clissett chairs, based on a design by Ernest Gimson. Philip Clisseett was born in 1813 into a Worcestershire traditional chair-making family, who used green ash turned on a pole lathe. He was one of many making everyday chairs for poorer people. Still working in his old age, in the 1880s he was by chance introduced to the new Arts & Crafts movement. He made the chairs for the Art Workers Guild and around 80 still survive. He taught Gimson how to make chairs using a lathe, and his chairs were to be found in the homes of many followers of the Arts & Crafts style.
Our host Matthew J. Elliott makes a welcome return. He is a scriptwriter well known for the US radio series “The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”. Matthew provided the adaptations of The Yellow Face and The Three Students for the Society.
The title of this year's event is Forgotten, But Not Gone: Sherlockian rarities that have almost passed from recollection. We're very proud to present two lovingly-restored episodes of the 1979 TV series starring Geoffrey Whitehead and Donald Pickering, filmed in Poland and never shown on British television. We will also be screening the 1932 movie Sherlock Holmes, starring Clive Brook (the first actor to play Holmes in the sound era) and Reginald Owen. Rounding off the evening will be the 1973 comedy, Elementary My Dear Watson, starring John Cleese as Holmes and Willie Rushton as Watson, filmed four years prior to Cleese's more well-known Holmesian spoof, The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It.
Applications should be sent to arrive not later than Saturday 12th November.