Wartime watercolours at the Corinium Museum

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Wartime watercolours at the Corinium Museum

Childhood memories of wartime in the West Country are brought vividly to life in a new touring exhibition at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester, which started on Saturday, March 3rd.

A Child in Wartime Somerset, an exhibition of watercolours by Syd Durston, portrays country scenes and skills from years gone by.

Syd was aged just seven and living in Catcott on the Polden Hills, above the Somerset Levels, when World War Two broke out.

The War transformed life in the countryside as well as the towns and cities, in all sorts of ways. This is the story of how Catcott people experienced the War, especially the children, pictured by Syd long afterwards.

Syd grew up to work away from the village as a professional boxer and as a PE instructor during National Service, but came back to work on the land.

In 1993, he began to paint in watercolour with the set his daughter had given him for Christmas. He chose the life he remembered from his childhood as his inspiration.

The Museum's Collections Officer Judy Mills said: "Syd's amazingly detailed memory has produced stunning watercolours for this evocative exhibition of life more than 60 years ago."

The exhibition runs from Saturday 3rd March to Sunday 20th May . Entrance is included in the museum admission charge, or pay £1.00 to see the exhibition only charge.

Museum opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm , Sundays 2pm to 5pm

Posted : 07/03/2007 10:36:56

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