Owing to continued lockdowns, we have decided to postpone our ‘Year of William Morris’ to 2022. In 2021, the main event will, we hope, be our participation in the nationwide event, the Heritage Open Days in September. We will, we hope, be able to open the church as in former years, with plenty of information available about our artistic heritage. The special national theme this year is food, under the title ‘Edible Britain’, and we are hoping to mount a small exhibition about food shops in Marple over the years.
Meanwhile, we intend to host a number of Zoom talks in order to keep Friends in touch. See below for details:
Zoom talk: ‘The Art of Garnishing Churches’
Friday 29 January at 7pm
In recent years St Martin’s Low Marple has made a brave show at Christmas with its Christmas Tree Festival. Not this year, alas, owing to the pandemic. But we can perhaps compensate to a small degree by looking back in history. This short Zoom talk (with pictures) provides a glimpse of how St Martin’s and other local churches decorated themselves for Christmas in the closing years of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th. “Garnishing” churches was a well-developed art, and also offered opportunities for community involvement, not least between hopeful young ladies and eligible curates.
By Anthony Burton
Zoom talk: Two Angelic Salutations
Friday 26 March 2021 at 7pm
St Martin’s contains two representations of ‘The Annunciation’ (when the angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary she would give birth to Jesus Christ): a stained glass window by William Morris, and a painting (recently restored) by Christopher Whall. This session provides the art-historical, religious and cultural background to these works of art.
By Dr Geoff Brammall and Anthony Burton
and she will send out the necessary Zoom links shortly before the meeting.
Zoom talk: Flowers in Tapestry
Late May, details to follow.
By Ann Hyde
Zoom talk: The Ghent altarpiece
July, details to follow.
St Martin’s contains a small reproduction of the world-famous altarpiece, ‘The Adoration of the Lamb’, in Ghent Cathedral, Belgium.
By Barbara Hodskinson
Heritage Open Days
September, details to follow.
By the end of the year, we hope that it may be possible again to hold meetings with visiting speakers, and we have in view a lecture on the Pre-Raphaelites for November 2021.