Words and Pictures Book Group, 13th Jan. 2023: “National Treasures” by Caroline Shenton

Join us for the first Words & Pictures book club of 2023

on Friday 13th January, 2pm (for an hour or so)

at Pebbles Cafe (the old Haven’s Building, Hamlet Court Road)

to discuss:

“National Treasures: Saving the Nation’s Art in World War II” by Caroline Shenton

Published in paperback by John Murray Press in October 2022, the publishers describe:

National Treasures highlights a moment from our history when an unlikely coalition of mild-mannered civil servants, social oddballs and metropolitan aesthetes became the front line in the heritage war against Hitler. Caroline Shenton shares the interwoven lives of ordinary people who kept calm and carried on in the most extraordinary of circumstances in their efforts to save the Nation’s historic identity.


With the National Gallery walls all but empty of paintings, Myra Hess filled Room 36 with glorious piano playing

(photo: National Portrait Gallery)


The Words & Pictures book club meetings are informal gatherings over coffee and cake where the conversation is gently booky, arty and definitely friendly; free to join, and there’s no need to register in advance – hopefully see you there!


About TheCommonViewer

Independent Researcher: gently exploring the art and artists of early 20th century Britain (with forays elsewhere, in particular Russian Art History); the Art, Books & History Group meets monthly in Southend-on-Sea Twitter: @TheCommonViewer

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