A Milton Workshop led by Barbara Vellacott on 21 October 2008 at the City of Westminster Archives Centre
Walking into the usual meeting room at the Archives Centre we were met with a circle of chairs and 5 posters spread around the walls. Ulro, Golgonooza, Heaven, Beulah and The Mundane Shell all beckoned us to sit nearby. Perhaps calling this event a ‘workshop’ was a hint that this would be a different kind of experience to the average Blake Society gathering.
For a full report of this event please click here.
2 pm Wednesday 20 August 2008
Stationer’s Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD
IN BLAKE’S FOOTSTEPS
On 4 August 1772, the 14 year old Blake attended Stationer’s Hall where the Indenture for his 7 year apprenticeship were signed. This visit included an examination of the surviving records of Blake in the Library and a tour of this historic building.
For a full report of this event, including photos of the documents please click here.
Sunday 16th March 2008
Exuberance is Beauty
Memorial Lecture for Peter Cadogan, a past Chairman of the Blake Society, to be given by Tim Heath, the present Chair.
For 11 years Peter Cadogan was the General Secretary of the South Place Ethical Society that was founded in 1793 as a dissenting congregation and evolved to become the leading humanist organisation in Britain. This spiritual journey began by rejecting the doctrine of Hell, then the Trinity, and finally God.
Tim will talk about how Blake adopted a deliberate policy of Exuberance to escape the Mind Forg’d Manacles we create to imprison ourselves, and in particular, how this practice of Exuberance generated some of Blake’s most famous imagery.
The lecture will be held at The South Place Ethical Society, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL at 11am.
Tuesday 17 June 2008 at 7.30 pm
Aidan Dun and the AGM
The 2007 Annual General Meeting was postponed from December 2007 and was then held on Tuesday 17 June 2008 at 7.30 pm at The City of Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St. Ann’s Street, London SW1P 2DE
The AGM will be followed by a talk by the contemporary poet Aidan Dun on the subject of Locus: The Importance of Place.
Aidan will read from his poetry and from the works of Blake that have inspired his own writing.
Agenda of AGM
1) Minutes of the last year’s AGM
2) Apologies for Absence
3) Chairman’s Report
4) Treasurer’s Report
5) Secretary’s Report
6) Membership Secretary’s Report
7) Election of the Honorary Officers for 2008
8) Election of the Committee for 2008
9) Approval to raise extraordiary funds for a new gravestone in Bunhill Fields
10) Any other business