June 2017 Object of the Month

June 2017 Object of the Month

Saturday June 17 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation chooses their favourite item or object from the archive. This month features Archivist Judith Ratcliffe who chose a set model for the 1965 production of Britten’s opera for children The Little Sweep, designed by Terence Emery. “This item relates to the stage history of Britten’s […]

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Obituary: Kathleen Mitchell

Saturday June 3 2017

Kathleen Mitchell (1916-2017) The Britten–Pears Foundation pays tribute to Kathleen Mitchell, a close friend of both Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears who has recently passed away, having reached the age of 100 in December last year. Kathleen first became acquainted with both men through her marriage to the music critic Donald Mitchell in 1956. Throughout […]

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Vacancy – Graduate Trainee

Wednesday May 24 2017

The Britten-Pears Foundation is looking to appoint a Graduate Trainee with a passion for archives and collections to support the front line work of the current archive and library staff. The post will include overseeing our Reading Room and dealing with enquiries about our Designated Collection from researchers, as well as project work in preservation, […]

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Vacancy – Head of Archive and Library

Wednesday May 24 2017

This is an exciting time to join the Britten-Pears Foundation as we look to build our engagement with local, national and international audiences. We are seeking an experienced archive and collections professional with proven leadership qualities to develop our archive, build partnerships with other organisations to raise our profile and increase use of the archive. […]

Festival Stewards

Friday May 12 2017

We are looking for volunteers to be part of the Festival Team who will play a key role in welcoming and providing a brief orientation of the site for visitors including musicians and artists from all over the world. You will be on hand to answer questions and help visitors discover more about the facilities […]

English striking longcase clock

May 2017 Object of the Month

Wednesday May 10 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation chooses their favourite item or object from the archive. This month features Conservation Assistant Rachael Welsh: 18th century 8 day English Striking Longcase clock “As the Conservation Assistant it is very difficult to choose just ‘one’ object from the collection as I help look after […]

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‘We are Concerned’: a public reading of the Wolfenden Report

Wednesday May 3 2017

Sunday 11 June 2017, 4pm-late A special reading of the 1957 Wolfenden Report that led to the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. The Britten-Pears Foundation will be marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality with an event at The Pumphouse in Aldeburgh. It is part of the alternative Aldeburgh Festival in […]

The Mill, Alderholt (1943) by John Craxton (1922-2009)

April 2017 Object of the Month

Wednesday April 19 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation chooses their favourite item or object from the archive. This month features Dr Lucy Walker, Director of Public Programming and Learning: The Mill, Alderholt (1943) by John Craxton (1922-2009) There are 13 paintings by John Craxton in the very extensive Red House collection (over all about […]

Celebrating Sidney Nolan

Wednesday April 19 2017

As part of the celebration marking the centenary of Sidney Nolan the Britten-Pears Foundation are pleased to reproduce this article that Donald Mitchell and Philip Reed wrote as an addendum to Sidney Nolan’s obituary in the Independent in December 1992. It focussed on Nolan’s friendship with Britten. Nolan first visited Aldeburgh in 1950, when he […]

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