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Guild of St George

Companions' Day

Date: Jun 24, 2017 12:00:00

The next Companions' Day will take place in the village of Westmill, near Buntingford, Hertfordshire, on Saturday, 24th June 2017.

Saturday, 24th June, 1130-1500
Westmill Village Hall, SG9 9LJ

Please book your place by emailin

1130 Introductions by Guild of St George and T & M Greg Trust
1200 A talk by Liz Mitchell (see below)
1300 Lunch (for a discretionary donation)
1400 A short talk on Charles Spooner by Alec Hamilton, followed by a village tour.

Treasuring things of the least’: Mary Hope Greg of Westmill
A talk by Liz Mitchell

Mary Hope Greg (1850-1949) was a lifelong follower of John Ruskin, and a Companion of Ruskin's Guild of St George.

She was a passionate supporter of museums during the early 20th century, giving collections of domestic crafts and children’s toys to Manchester City Art Galleries and London’s Bethnal Green Museum. She established her own museum in the Hertfordshire village of Westmill as a memorial to her late husband, fellow collector and local landowner Thomas Tylston Greg. She later set up the T&M Greg Trust to preserve land and property in the village for future generations. She was also a keen amateur naturalist and watercolour painter, recording the changing seasons of the Hertfordshire countryside in her nature diaries, now in the collections of the Guild. She did most of this between the ages of 70 and 99.

Until recently, however, little was really known about her life. In this talk, Liz Mitchell shares the latest findings of her PhD research into Mrs Greg. She provides fascinating insights into the development of Mrs Greg's dedication to Ruskin from her early life in Liverpool as a member of a family of wealthy philanthropists, through to the diverse achievements of her old age.

Click on the image (left) for full-size poster.

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