Cranleigh Arts Centre
West Surrey Area
Museums & Art Galleries
of the Visit to the Cabinet War Rooms, Churchill Museum and a Guided Walk around
Whitehall with Peter Lawrence.
28 April 2009
an excellent journey on a bright cold Spring morning, we settled ourselves at
the Cabinet War Rooms for a talk on the Second World War artists, having been
welcomed by a very good cup of coffee and shortbread.
different styles were depicted. Laura Knight's propaganda paintings were almost
photographic - one of a factory worker and another of a barrage balloon being
prepared for launch. Paul Nash and Graham Sutherland's paintings were in
contrast almost abstract. We were shown several lithographs by Ethel Gabain of
land girls logging and evacuees and a painting of people queuing for fish. My
favourite was of three land girls learning to milk using artificial udders and
We then went on our own way with audio guides to relive the life of
the war rooms. The Churchill Museum was fascinating being roomy and full of
high tech displays but, for me, without a flowing order. We also lunched in
relays at the excellent café.
At 2.30pm we gathered at Clive Steps for a guided walk through
Whitehall with Peter Lawrence. He drew on his lifelong experience of working in
the area as an advisor on security matters to politicians and royalty. We
crossed Horse Guards Parade and went under Admiralty Arch. We passed the gates
of Downing Street, Government buildings old and new, the Banqueting House and
the Cenotaph, noting all the anti-terrorist barricades being put in place. We
then walked through some beautiful gardens where the Thames used to run in days
gone by before picking up the coach at Charing Cross and returning home.
A day really well organised by our brilliant Marilyn and Judy with a
guide who matched his pace to his clientele perfectly. What more could one ask
Here follows a photographic record of the