Category:Alumni of Dartington Hall School
Alumni of Dartington Hall
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Alumni of Dartington Hall
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1. Dartington Hall – The Trust currently runs 16 charitable programmes, including Schumacher College and the Dartington International Summer School. In addition to developing and promoting arts and educational programmes, the Trust hosts other groups, the hall itself is a Grade I listed building. The gardens are Grade II* listed in the National Register of Historic Parks, the Dartington Hall Trust is based on a 1,200 acres estate near Dartington in south Devon. The medieval hall was built between 1388 and 1400 for John Holand, Earl of Huntingdon, half-brother to Richard II, after John was beheaded, the Crown owned the estate until it was acquired in 1559 by Sir Arthur Champernowne, Vice-Admiral of the West under Elizabeth I. The Champernowne family then lived in the Hall for 366 years until 1925, the hall was mostly derelict by the time it was bought by Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst in 1925. They commissioned architect William Weir to renovate the buildings and restored the Great Halls hammerbeam roof, in 1935, the Dartington Hall Trust, a registered charity, was set up in order to run the estate. In North Devon, the Beaford Centre, set up as a centre by the Trust in the 1960s to bring employment and culture to a rurally depressed area. Until June 2010, prior to the contentious merger with University College Falmouth. The Hall and medieval courtyard functions in part as a centre and wedding venue and provides bed and breakfast accommodation for people attending courses. The Barn Cinema and the White Hart Bar and Restaurant are used by estate dwellers, residents from the surrounding countryside, in May 2010, Sothebys sold a group of 12 paintings by Rabindranath Tagore, which had been given by Tagore to his friend Leonard Elmhirst. In Autumn 2011, The Trust proposed the sale of artworks by Ben Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis and others. The sale generated some criticism from people, who voiced concerns about deaccessioning of the Trusts art assets. Dartington Hall held by the MARTIN FAMILY between the early 12th and mid 14th centuries and on the death of Lord William Martin in 1326, Dartington International Summer School is a department of The Dartington Hall Trust. The Summer School is both a festival and a music school, participants, both amateur musicians and advanced students, spend the daytime studying a variety of different musical courses, and the evenings attending concerts. In addition to instrumental and vocal masterclasses, there are courses at various levels on subjects such as composition, opera, chamber music, conducting, courses include choirs, orchestras, individual masterclasses, and non classical music such as Jazz, Salsa and Gamelan. Composition teachers have included Luciano Berio, Luigi Nono, Bruno Maderna, Harrison Birtwistle, Peter Maxwell Davies, Brian Ferneyhough, Witold Lutosławski and Elliott Carter. There is an ancient yew tree reputed to be nearly 2000 years old and rumour has it that Knights Templar are buried in the graveyard there, Dartington Hall School, founded in 1926, offered a progressive coeducational boarding life. When it started there was a minimum of formal classroom activity and the children learnt by involvement in estate activities. ”With time more academic rigour was imposed, a noted alumnus was Lord Young, a founder of Which. and the Open UniversityDartington Hall – Dartington Hall.
2. Charlotte Coleman – Coleman died of an acute asthma attack in Holloway, North London, aged 33. Coleman was the first of two born to actress Ann Beach and Canadian-born television producer Francis Coleman. Her younger sister is the actress Lisa Coleman and she was educated at Camden School for Girls, from which she was expelled. Outside regular school hours she attended classes at the Anna Scher Theatre School in Islington, north London, at 15, feeling that her upbringing had been too liberal – her parents didnt believe in restraint – Coleman enrolled at Dartington Hall School in Devon. It was a progressive school where pupils didnt have to go to any lessons. I spent 15 grand – all my money – and it was just stupid really, after this, she attended cookery school. Colemans first major role was as Sue in Southern Televisions Worzel Gummidge. This ran for four series from 1978 to 1981 on the ITV network, other early work included A Choice of Evils and Two People, as Emma Moffatt). She had a crush on Stephen Garlick, her co-star in Two People, for the role, she had to choose a stuffed toy for Emma to carry, she named it Haggis and still had it when interviewed in 1990. This was soon followed by her role as the teenage rebel Marmalade Atkins, firstly in Marmalade Atkins in Space, all three were made by Thames and written by Andrew Davies. Coleman won a Royal Television Society, Best Actress award and was nominated for a BAFTA for her portrayal of the young lesbian character and she also read the novel for release by BBC Audiobooks. She also appeared in Simon Nyes sitcom How Do You Want Me. alongside Dylan Moran and voiced the female character, Primrose. Colemans final television appearance was in the adaptation of Jacqueline Wilsons Double Act, probably Charlottes most internationally known role was as the endearingly kooky Scarlett in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral with Hugh Grant, Simon Callow and Kristin Scott Thomas. Coleman portrayed the character of Lorna in Our Own Kind, at the Bush Theatre in London and she co-starred with Kevin Whately, Nisha Nayar and Jane Horrocks. The prime focus falls on Sylvies bright-eyed schoolgirl sister Lorna, vividly brought to life by Charlotte Coleman, shes both a droll chorus figure and an optimistic, surrogate victim. The play is directed by new Bush supremo Dominic Dromgoole In 1987 Colemans then boyfriend Jonathan Laycock died as the result of a cycling accident. On 13 November 2001, Charlotte visited her family where they watched a film together, later that evening, she complained of feeling unwell, but went home to her flat against her parents advice. The next morning, Wednesday,14 November 2001, her parents telephoned her to see if she was feeling better, concerned, her mother went to Charlottes flat, to find her lying unconscious on the floor, her asthma inhaler was in a different roomCharlotte Coleman – Charlotte Coleman as Marmalade Atkins in Educating Marmalade
3. Jasper Fforde – Jasper Fforde is a British novelist. Ffordes first novel, The Eyre Affair, was published in 2001, ffordes books are noted for their profusion of literary allusions and wordplay, tightly scripted plots, and playfulness with the conventions of traditional genres. His works usually contain elements of metafiction, parody, and fantasy, Fforde was born in London on 11 January 1961, the son of John Standish Fforde, the 24th Chief Cashier for the Bank of England. He is the cousin, by her marriage to Desmond Fforde, of the author Katie Fforde, the grandson of Polish political adviser Joseph Retinger, Fforde published his first novel, The Eyre Affair, in 2001. The Eyre Affair had received 76 publisher rejections before its eventual acceptance for publication, Fforde won the Wodehouse prize for comic fiction in 2004 for The Well of Lost Plots. The Big Over Easy, set in the alternative universe as the Next novels, is a reworking of his first written novel. Its original title was Who Killed Humpty Dumpty. and later had the title of Nursery Crime. These books describe the investigations of DCI Jack Spratt, the follow-up to The Big Over Easy, The Fourth Bear, was published in July 2006 and focuses on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Shades of Grey, the first novel in a new series, was published December 2009 in the United States, the sixth Thursday Next novel One of our Thursdays is Missing was published in February 2011. In November 2010 he produced The Last Dragonslayer, unconnected with his works but in a similar though simplified style. The book was planned as the first in a trilogy. Subsequent entries were released in 2011 and 2014, a fourth book Humans Vs Trolls is scheduled for late 2017, in 2009, Fforde published a story in the Welsh edition of Big Issue magazine called We are all alike. He also published The Locked Room Mystery mystery in the The Guardian newspaper in 2007, the U. S. version of Well of Lost Plots features a bonus chapter called Heavy Weather, a complete story in itself, featuring Thursday Next in her position as Bellman. Fforde has an interest in aviation and owns and flies a Rearwin SkyrangerJasper Fforde – Fforde at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
4. Clement Freud – Sir Clement Raphael Freud was a British broadcaster, writer, politician and chef. He was elected as a Liberal Member of Parliament in 1973, retaining his seat until 1987, in 2016, seven years after he died, three women made public allegations of child sexual abuse and rape by Freud, which led to police investigations. He was born Clemens Rafael Freud in Berlin, the son of Jewish parents Ernst L. Freud and he was the grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and the brother of artist Lucian Freud. His family fled to Britain from Nazi Germany and his forenames were anglicised to Clement Raphael and he spent his later childhood in Hampstead where he attended the Hall School, Hampstead, a preparatory school. He also attended two independent schools, he boarded at Dartington Hall, and also went to St Pauls School and he naturalised as a British subject on 4 September 1939, three days after the outbreak of World War II. During the war Freud joined the Royal Ulster Rifles and served in the ranks and he acted as an aide to Field Marshal Montgomery. He worked at the Nuremberg Trials and in 1947 was commissioned as an officer and he married June Flewett in 1950, and the couple had five children. Flewett had taken the stage name Jill Raymond in 1944, Freud became an Anglican at the time of his marriage. Freud was one of Britains first celebrity chefs, he worked at the Dorchester Hotel and he appeared in a series of dog food advertisements in which he co-starred with a bloodhound called Henry which shared his trademark hangdog expression. In 1968, he wrote the childrens book Grimble, followed by a sequel, Grimble at Christmas, whilst running a nightclub, he met a newspaper editor who gave him a job as a sports journalist. From there he became a food and drink writer, writing columns for many publications. His departure from Parliament was marked by the award of a knighthood, Ladbrokes quoted me at 33-1 in this three-horse contest, so Ladbrokes paid for me to have rather more secretarial and research staff than other MPs, which helped to keep me in for five parliaments. His autobiography, Freud Ego, recalls his election win, and shortly after and he wrote It suddenly occurred to me that after nine years of fame I now had something solid about which to be famous. During his time as a Member of Parliament, he visited China with a delegation of MPs, including Winston Churchill, the grandson of the wartime prime minister. When Churchill was given the best room in the hotel, on account of his lineage, towards the end of the five-year term was a March 1979 Vote of No Confidence against Callaghans government and Freud was expected to follow his party and vote with the Opposition. He declined the offer and voted as stated by his party, after the lapse of the Lib-Lab pact, otherwise the government could have continued until October 1979. For many, Freud was best known as a panellist on the long-running Radio 4 show Just a Minute, Freud performed a small monologue for the Wings 1973 album Band on the Run and appeared on the albums cover. In 1974, he was elected Rector of the University of Dundee, a generation later, in 2002, he was elected Rector of the University of St Andrews, beating feminist and academic Germaine Greer and local challenger Barry Joss, holding the position for one termClement Freud – Sir Clement Freud
5. Lucian Freud – Lucian Michael Freud was a British painter and draftsman, specialising in figurative art, and is known as one of the foremost 20th-century portraitists. He was born in Berlin, the son of a Jewish architect and his family moved to Britain in 1933 to escape the rise of Nazism. From 1942-43 he attended Goldsmiths College, London and he enlisted in the Merchant Navy during the Second World War. His early career as a painter was influenced by surrealism, but by the early 1950s his often stark, Freud was an intensely private and guarded man, and his paintings, completed over a 60-year career, are mostly of friends and family. They are generally sombre and thickly impastoed, often set in unsettling interiors, the works are noted for their psychological penetration and often discomforting examination of the relationship between artist and model. Freud worked from life studies, and was known for asking for extended, born in Berlin, Freud was the son of a German Jewish mother, Lucie, and an Austrian Jewish father, Ernst L. Freud, an architect. He was a grandson of Sigmund Freud, and elder brother of the broadcaster, writer and politician Clement Freud, the family emigrated to St Johns Wood, London, in 1933 to escape the rise of Nazism. Lucian became a British subject in 1939, having attended Dartington Hall School in Totnes, Devon and he also attended Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London, in 1942–43. He served as a merchant seaman in an Atlantic convoy in 1941 before being invalided out of service in 1942, in 1943, the poet and editor Meary James Thurairajah Tambimuttu commissioned the young artist to illustrate a book of poems by Nicholas Moore entitled The Glass Tower. It was published the year by Editions Poetry London and comprised, among other drawings, a stuffed zebra. Both subjects reappeared in The Painters Room on display at Freuds first solo exhibition in 1944 at the Lefevre Gallery, in the summer of 1946, he travelled to Paris before continuing to Greece for several months to visit John Craxton. In the early fifties he was a frequent visitor to Dublin where he would share Patrick Swifts studio, in late 1952, Freud and Lady Caroline Blackwood eloped to Paris where they married in 1953. He remained a Londoner for the rest of his life, Freud was part of a group of figurative artists later named The School of London. This was more a collection of individual artists who knew each other, some intimately. The group was led by such as Francis Bacon and Freud. He was a tutor at the Slade School of Fine Art of University College London from 1949 to 1954. Freuds early paintings, which are very small, are often associated with German Expressionism and Surrealism in depicting people, plants. These were painted with tiny sable brushes and evoke Early Netherlandish painting and he would often clean his brush after each stroke when painting flesh, so that the colour remained constantly variableLucian Freud – Lucian Freud
6. Miriam Gross – Miriam Gross is a literary editor and writer in Britain. She served as editor of Standpoint magazine from 2008–10 and now serves on their advisory board. Writing in The Spectator, the historian Paul Johnson said that the beautiful, from 1986–88 she edited Channel Fours Book Choice. She is also the editor of two collections of essays, The World of George Orwell and The World of Raymond Chandler, more recently, she has been a contributor to The Spectator, as the magazines diarist, and has written an occasional column for the Financial Times. She has also served as a judge on the Booker prize and her July 2010 policy essay on education in London schools, So why Cant they Read. Commissioned by London mayor Boris Johnson, generated some media discussion and she is the author of a memoir, An Almost English Life. She was born in Jerusalem in pre-state Israel and her Jewish parents, the late Kurt May and Vera May, fled Nazi Germany. She grew up in Jerusalem, Switzerland and England and she was educated at Dartington Hall School and at Oxford University where she read English literature at St Annes College. She was married to the literary and theatrical critic John Gross, the couple had two children, Tom Gross and Susanna Gross. Since 1993, she has married to Sir Geoffrey OwenMiriam Gross – Miriam Gross
7. Dick Heckstall-Smith – Richard Malden Dick Heckstall-Smith was an English jazz and blues saxophonist. He played with some of the most influential English blues rock, Heckstall-Smith was born in the Royal Free Hospital, in Ludlow, England, and attended a York boarding school. However, he refused a second term there, instead enrolling in Gordonstoun, Dick Heckstall-Smith was raised in Knighton, Radnorshire. He learned to play piano, clarinet and alto saxophone in childhood, Heckstall-Smith completed his education at Dartington Hall School before reading agriculture – and co-leading the university jazz band – at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, from 1953. Aged 15, he had taken up the soprano sax while at Dartington, then Lester Young and tenor saxophonist bebop jazzman Wardell Gray proved to be major influences for him. Heckstall-Smith was an member of the London jazz scene from the late 1950s. He joined Blues Incorporated, Alexis Korners groundbreaking blues group, in 1962, the following year, he was a founding member of that bands breakaway unit, The Graham Bond Organisation. In 1967, Heckstall-Smith became a member of guitarist-vocalist John Mayalls blues rock band and that jazz-skewed edition of the band also included drummer Jon Hiseman, bassist Tony Reeves, and future Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor. They released the album Bare Wires in 1968, from 1968 to 1971, Heckstall-Smith, Hiseman, and Reeves were members of the pioneering UK jazz-rock band Colosseum. The band afforded Heckstall-Smith an opportunity to showcase his writing and instrumental virtuosity, collaborating musicians common to many of these outfits included Victor Brox, Keith Tillman and harp player John OLeary, a founder member of Savoy Brown. Heckstall-Smith participated in a 1990s reunion of the original Colosseum lineup, in 2001 he recorded the all-star project Blues and Beyond, which reunited him with Mayall, Bruce, Taylor, ex-Mayall and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green. In the 1980s in his Electric Dream ensemble Heckstall-Smith also worked with the South African percussionist Julian Bahula, Heckstall-Smith published his witty memoirs, The Safest Place in the World, in 1984, an expanded version, retitled Blowing the Blues, was published in 2004. He died aged 70 in 2004, as a result of liver failure. Dick Heckstall-Smiths Memories of Cyril Davies and you dont know Dick – Introducing DH-S – by Pete Grant. Soul Survivor, A Vignette Etude of Saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith, by Stephanie Lynne Thorburn, eBook text containing biography, interview and obituaryDick Heckstall-Smith – Dick Heckstall-Smith
8. Eva Ibbotson – Eva Maria Charlotte Michelle Ibbotson was an Austrian-born British novelist, known for her childrens books. Some of her novels for adults have been reissued for the young adult market in recent years. She was a finalist for the 2010 Guardian Prize at the time of her death and her last book, The Abominables, was one of four finalists for the same award in 2012. Eva Wiesner was born in Vienna in 1925 to non-practising Jewish parents and her father, Bertold Paul Wiesner, was a physician who pioneered human infertility treatment. He became a figure, as he is now believed to have used his own sperm to sire perhaps 600 of the children his clinic helped to be born. Her mother, Anna Wilhelmine Gmeyner, was a successful novelist and playwright, wiesners parents separated in 1928 when she was 3 years old. Her father took up a university lectureship in Edinburgh, while her mother left Vienna for Paris in 1933 after her work was banned by Hitler, in 1934, she settled in Belsize Park in Middlesex, and sent for her daughter. Other family members escaped from Vienna and joined Anna and Eva Maria in England, avoiding the worst of the Nazi regime. The experience of fleeing Vienna was a thread throughout Ibbotsons life. Eva Wiesner attended Dartington Hall School, which she later fictionalised as Delderton Hall in her novel The Dragonfly Pool, originally, she intended to become a physiologist like her father, and earned an undergraduate degree from Bedford College, London, in 1945. During her postgraduate studies at Cambridge University, she met her husband, Alan Ibbotson. Eva married Alan Ibbotson in 1947 and they moved to Newcastle-upon-Tyne where they raised their family of three sons and a daughter. Finding the thought of having to make an out of conducting experiments on animals appalling. Ibbotson returned to college, graduating with a diploma in education in 1965 from the University of Durham and she briefly became a teacher in the 1960s before embarking on her writing career. Eva Ibbotson began writing with the television drama Linda Came Today, Ibbotson wrote more than a dozen books for children, including Which Witch. The Secret of Platform 13, Dial-a-Ghost, Monster Mission, Journey to the River Sea, The Star of Kazan, The Beasts of Clawstone Castle, and The Dragonfly Pool. She won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize for Journey to the River Sea, worldCat libraries report holding Which Witch. and Journey to the River Sea in more than five and ten languages, respectively. The books are imaginative and humorous, and most of them feature magical creatures and places, Ibbotson has said that she disliked thinking about the supernatural, and created the characters because she wanted to decrease her readers fear of such thingsEva Ibbotson – Eva Ibbotson
9. Kirsty Lang – Kirsty Lang is a British journalist and broadcaster who works for BBC Radio and Television. Earlier in her career, she was on the staff of The Sunday Times and Channel 4 News, in 1989 she became a Central European correspondent for the World Service and later a reporter on the BBCs Newsnight. After a spell as Paris correspondent for The Sunday Times, she became a co-presenter/reporter for Channel 4 News. She returned to the BBC when the digital channel BBC Four was established in 2002 and has presented The World, a news programme. Lang is a presenter of a nightly arts and culture programme Radio Fours Front Row and has also been a stand-in anchor for The World Tonight. She used to appear on the Today programme and The World at One, from January to April 2012, Lang was a visiting professor at Columbia University, New York City in the School of International and Public Affairs. Lang also contributes, on occasion, to publications including The Times, The Guardian and the Radio Times, Lang is married to the journalist and Balkans specialist Misha Glenny with whom she has a son and two stepchildren. She is, by her own account, mildly dyslexicKirsty Lang – Kirsty Lang at Financial Times 125th Anniversary Party, London, in June 2013
10. Richard Leacock – Richard Leacock was a British-born documentary film director and one of the pioneers of Direct Cinema and Cinéma vérité. Leacock was born in London on 18 July 1921, the brother of film director. Leacock grew up on his fathers plantation in the Canary Islands until being sent to boarding schools in England at the age of eight. He took up photography with a plate camera, built a darkroom and developed his pictures. At age 11 he was shown a silent film Turk-Sib about the building of the Trans-Siberian Railway and he was stunned, and said to himself, All I need is a cine-camera and I can make a film that shows you what it is like to be there. At the age of 14 he wrote, directed, filmed and edited Canary Bananas, a film about growing bananas and he was educated at Dartington Hall School from 1934 to 1938, alongside Robert Flahertys daughters, and where David Lack taught biology. Three years as a photographer in Burma and China were followed by 14 months as cameraman on Robert Flahertys Louisiana Story. In the meantime, Leacock had married Eleanor Happy Burke in 1941, daughter of the world-famous literary critic, philosopher, and writer Kenneth Burke, she had studied at Radcliffe College, but graduated from Barnard in New York City. The Leacocks had four children together, Elspeth, Robert, David, after ethnographic fieldwork with the Innu of Labrador, Eleanor Leacock earned her doctorate in anthropology at Columbia University. Ten years later, after her marriage broke up, she went on to become a pioneering feminist anthropologist, in 1963 he married Marilyn Pedersen West, a painter, writer, and fashion model, who worked for social causes. In 1970 they separated, and remained separated until her death in 1980, many relatively conventional jobs followed, until 1954. He was then asked to make a reportage on a travelling tent theatre in Missouri, another new contact, Roger Tilton wanted to film an evening of people dancing to Dixieland music spontaneously. Leacock filmed Jazz Dance for him, using hand held camera techniques, Leacocks search for high quality, mobile, synchronous equipment to facilitate observation was ongoing. Leacock along with film maker Robert Drew came up with the method of separating the wire from the microphones. Leacock explains the problem with Louisiana story and pre-synchronized sound filmmakers, Like all documentary filmmakers and they couldnt deal with sync sound. Made them rigid… Except for the sequence, which was shot with sound. In 1958, the idea became obvious and we had to have a mobile quartz camera, and we had to have a mobile quartz tape recorder, and we couldnt have cables connecting them. Leacock took the design as in an accutron watch and put it in the cameraRichard Leacock – Richard Leacock
11. Oliver Postgate – Richard Oliver Postgate was an English animator, puppeteer and writer. He was the creator and writer of some of Britains most popular television programmes. In a 1999 BBC poll Bagpuss was voted the most popular television programme of all time. His other grandfather was the Latin classicist John Percival Postgate and his brother was the microbiologist and writer John Postgate FRS. He was initially refused recognition, he accepted a medical examination as a first step to call up, and then reported for duty with the Army in Windsor and he was court-martialled and sentenced to three months in Feltham Prison. This qualified him to return to the Appellate Tribunal, where he was granted exemption conditional upon working on the land or in social service, the unserved portion of his sentence being remitted. He worked on farms until the end of the war, when he went to occupied Germany, on return to the UK, from 1948 he attended drama school, but drifted through a number of different jobs, never really finding his niche. In 1957 he was appointed a manager with Associated-Rediffusion, which then held the ITV franchise for London. Attached to the childrens programming section, he thought he could do better with the low budgets of the then black. Postgate wrote Alexander the Mouse, a story about a mouse born to be king, Postgate later recalled they undertook around 26 of these programmes live-to-air, which were made harder by the production problems encountered by the use and restrictions of using magnets. After the success of Alexander the Mouse, Postgate agreed a deal to make the series on film. Making a stop motion animation table in his bedroom, he wrote the Chinese story The Journey of Master Ho and this was intended for deaf children, a distinct advantage in that the production required no soundtrack which reduced the production costs. Setting up their business in a cowshed at Firmins home in Blean near Canterbury, Kent, Postgate. Based on concepts which mostly originated with Postgate, Firmin did the artwork and built the models, while Postgate wrote the scripts, did the stop motion filming and many of the voices. As Postgate wholly voiced many of the productions, including the WereBear story tapes and this was followed by Noggin the Nog for the BBC, which established Smallfilms as a reliable source to produce childrens entertainment, when there were only two television channels in the UK. Postgate had strict views on development, which perhaps resultantly restricted the length of each particular series development. When asked if the Clangers adventures were quite surreal sometimes, Postgate replied, I have a strong prejudice against fantasy for its own sake. Once one gets to a point beyond where cause and effect mean anything at all, everything that happened was strictly logical according to the laws of physics which happened to apply in that part of the worldOliver Postgate – Blue plaque on Oliver's former home, with Clangers mosaic below
12. David Purley – David Charles Purley, GM was a British racing driver born in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, who participated in 11 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting at Monaco in 1973. Purley was awarded the George Medal for his courage in trying to save Williamson, during pre-qualifying for the 1977 British Grand Prix Purley sustained multiple bone fractures after his cars throttle stuck open and he crashed into a wall. His deceleration from 173 km/h to 0 in a distance of 66 cm is one of the highest G-loads survived in a crash and he scored no championship points during his Formula One career. He died in a crash, having retired from motorsport and taken up aerobatics. Purleys father was Charles Purley, the founder of LEC Refrigeration, birth and death records show that his fathers name was originally Puxley but he preferred the name Purley. His mother was Welsh, having been born in the village of Cwmfelinfach. David went to school at Seaford College and then Dartington Hall School in Devon, in 1972 Purley was one of only two drivers to attempt to race the Connew Grand Prix car in its original Formula One configuration. He was entered at the end of season World Championship Victory Race at Brands Hatch, Purley had asked for an electrical kill switch to be fitted to the steering wheel, but this malfunctioned on the warm up lap, the engine stopped, and the car was retired. In 1973 Purley hired a March and with backing from his familys refrigeration company he made an unsuccessful attempt at Formula One. Purley later recalled that upon arriving at the scene, he heard Williamson crying for help as the fire began to take hold. The marshals were not wearing fire resistant clothing and the passing drivers assumed that Purley was attempting to extinguish his own car, a sequence of pictures taken by photographer Cor Mooij of the accident won the Photo Sequences category of that years World Press Photo. Later, Purley was awarded the George Medal for his rescue attempt, the story, and film footage of the rescue attempt, feature in a 2010 BBC documentary entitled Grand Prix, The Killer Years. 4-litre V6 engine. In 1974 Purley won the Brighton Speed Trials driving a Trojan-Chevrolet T101 and he returned to Formula One in 1977 with his own LEC chassis designed by Mike Pilbeam and run by Mike Earle. It was this car in which he suffered injuries in an accident during practice for that years British Grand Prix. He survived an estimated 179.8 g when he decelerated from 173 km/h to 0 in a distance of 66 cm after his throttle stuck wide open. This was the highest measured g-force ever survived by a human being, Purley suffered multiple fractures to his legs, pelvis and ribs. Purley recovered to race again although he confined his activities to the minor Aurora AFX series of Formula One races in Britain, the remains of Purleys crashed LEC and its replacement are displayed at a museum at Donington Park. Following his decision to quit motorsport, Purley moved into competition aerobatics and he died on 2 July 1985 when his Pitts Special aerobatic biplane crashed into the English Channel off Bognor RegisDavid Purley – David Purley
13. Aeronwy Thomas – Aeronwy Bryn Thomas-Ellis translator of Italian poetry, was the second child and only daughter of the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and his wife, Caitlin Macnamara. Born in London, where her parents lived at the time, in 1949, the family moved to the Boat House, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, Wales. The middle child of three, she had two brothers, Llewellyn and Colm, following her fathers death in 1953, she and her mother went to Rome, later moving to Sicily after her mother began a relationship with her long term partner Giuseppe Fazio. Thomas earned a B. A. in English and Comparative Religion at Isleworth College, in 2003 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Wales, Swansea. After learning Italian, she became a translator of Italian poetry and she was also known as an ambassador for her fathers work, and as a patron of the Dylan Thomas Society. She was the President of the Alliance of Literary Societies, in 2007 she became President of IMMAGINE&POESIA, an artistic literary movement founded at Teatro Alfa in Turin. She and her husband Trefor Ellis had two children, a son, Huw Dylan, and a daughter, HannahAeronwy Thomas – Aeronwy Thomas
14. Kate Westbrook (musician) – Kate Westbrook is an artist following the professions of painter and musician. Her musical work centres on her career as a vocalist, predominantly with the bands of her husband and she also works extensively as librettist and doubles as instrumentalist. Kate Westbrook was born in Guildford, Surrey, England, and grew up in the U. S. from there she went to Bath Academy of Art at Corsham and then to Reading University. Later she lived and worked on the East and West coasts of America, after travelling in Mexico she returned to England and took up a part-time teaching post at Leeds College of Art. Kate Westbrooks musical career began in 1974 when she joined the Mike Westbrook Brass Band and gave up teaching to concentrate on the career of painter. She has worked in theatre, radio, and TV and she and her husband now live in Devon, England. As an instrumentalist she plays tenor horn and piccolo, however her work centres on both as singer and librettist. Kate Westbrooks wide vocal range embraces jazz, music theatre, contemporary music, opera and she has performed all over Europe and as far afield as the far East and North America. Her work as lyricist has encompassed everything from cabaret songs to opera, in collaboration with her husband, Mike Westbrook, she has generated a whole series of jazz/cabarets and music-theatre pieces. She adapts and sings texts in several languages, other musical collaborations feature among others Phil Minton, Lindsay Cooper and The Orckestra. Kate Westbrook studied fine art at Dartington Hall School in Devon, Bath Academy of Art at Corsham, the first one-man show of her paintings was held at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in California, in 1963. Kate Westbrook continues to exhibit her work in solo and group shows in Britain and her work is in public and private collections. Many recent musical Westbrook projects, such as Art Wolf and Turner In Uri, have inspired by the visual arts. westbrookjazz. co. uk www. westbrookjazz. de Musicweb InternationalKate Westbrook (musician) – Kate Westbrook at Queen Elisabeth Hall, 10 November 2006
15. Michael Young, Baron Young of Dartington – Michael Young, Baron Young of Dartington was a British sociologist, social activist and politician who coined the term meritocracy. During an active life he was instrumental in shaping Labour Party thinking and these include the Consumers Association, Which. Magazine, the National Consumer Council, the Open University, the National Extension College, the Open College of the Arts and Language Line, Young was born in Manchester, the son of an Australian violinist and music critic, and an Irish Bohemian painter and actress. Until he was eight, he grew up in Melbourne, returning to England shortly before his parents broke up. He attended several schools, eventually entering Dartington Hall, a new school in Devon. He had an association with the small school, as student, trustee. He studied economics at the London School of Economics then became a barrister when he applied to be called to the Bar in 1939 and he served under the Labour Party government led by Clement Attlee, but left in 1950 claiming the party had run out of ideas. He called for the establishment of a Social Science Research Council and he began studying for a PhD at the London School of Economics in 1952. His studies of housing and local government policy in East London left him disillusioned with the state of community relations and this prompted him to found the Institute of Community Studies, which was his principal vehicle for exploring his ideas of social reform. Its basic tenet was to people more say in running their lives. The goal was to strengthen the family as set it up as a model for cooperative socialism. He also founded the Mutual Aid Centre at this time, Young co-authored with Peter Willmott Family and Kinship in East London, documenting and analysing the social costs of rehousing a tight-knit community in a suburban housing estate. In 1958, Young also wrote the influential satire The Rise of the Meritocracy, originally for the Fabian Society, which refused to publish it. In it he coined the word meritocracy, to which he gave negative connotations, in the mid-1980s, Young co-founded International Alert, together with Leo Kuper and Martin Ennals. In 1987 he founded the Open College of the Arts, confounding critics who maintained that the arts could not be taught by distance methods and he also founded Language Line, a telephone interpreting business, to enable non-English-speaking people to have equal access to public services. He fostered the work of younger researchers and social entrepreneurs. Aspects of Youngs work are being developed by the Young Foundation, created from the merger of his Institute of Community Studies and his Mutual Aid Centre, throughout his life, and particularly in later life, Young was concerned for older people. In 1982 he co-founded the University of the Third Age with Peter Laslett and Eric Midwinter, in 2001 he co-founded the charity Grandparents Plus to champion the role of the wider family in childrens livesMichael Young, Baron Young of Dartington – Grave in Highgate Cemetery, London