When you have a mind obsessed with ‘knowing stuff’ being in the archives is like being a kid in a candy store. There are books to read, photos to look at, dark nooks and crannies to put your tentacles in. But sometimes it can be overwhelming. Too much sweets can give you stomach ache, or in this case- swollen head. There is so many things that I would like to write about, so many projects. Some days I come in and think of researching one subject, only to have three more coming out of woodwork.
Here are some that still manage to get away from
me. For now.
Here is John Christie, one of the first students to ever graduate from St. John’s College. He was a Plymouth boy. I would love to hunt him down, maybe in the Club yearbook or in other, official documents. Who was he and how did it happen that he wound up in London? I want to know.
The archives have a sizable collection of old posters. Some of them are reproductions, others are genuine. Among them, there are some real beauties, others are funny looking. You can say a lot from the style and wording of posters. Each decade had its own way of expressing ideas and poster art is no different.
Here is the portrait of J. H Simpson. He was the principal during the WWII. His painting is one of many that beg to be restored and displayed. There is even a legend attached to one of them: ‘the story of man with no legs’. I itch to tell this one, but it has to give way to other stories.
There are others ‘back burner occupants’, but their time will come one day. Soon I hope.