Supporters' events

Friends and Benefactors celebrate

Friends and Benefactors celebrate

 


 

Richard Morris presenting Charlie Reeks with the Eric Morten Award

Richard Morris presenting Charlie Reeks with the Eric Morten Award

Friends' and Benefactors' Day

Alan Garner and Chris Lynch unwrapping Chris's gift to the Trust

Alan Garner and Chris Lynch unwrapping Chris's gift to the Trust  


This is an event that is developing an atmosphere all of its own.

We create displays of our activities for the event; and give tours of the archaeological training excavation and the shop is opened so people can buy John Hudson' s replica pottery based on the sherds that we have found in the garden.

This year we also made the presentation of the Eric Morten Award for the young person who we judged to have gained the most from the Trust and who, over the last three years, had passed the most on to others. The inaugural winner was Jenny Reddish, now in her second year of an Archaeology and Anthropology degree at Magdalen College, Oxford.

'The Blackden Trust has played an extremely important role in nurturing my academic interests. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in archaeology and history: it provides a unique space to think about new ideas and an excellent group of people to think about them with!

'I didn't know Eric Morten, but from what I hear he had a similar knack for recognising and kindling the interests of young people. He picked out books for them, sold them at reduced rates and even gave them the books they needed for their careers.

'I am delighted, then, to receive this award in commemoration of him, and hope that young people continue to benefit from the intellectual nourishment provided by people like Eric and all at the Blackden Trust.'

Then unplanned and unexpected, Chris Lynch, one of our benefactors, gave The Blackden Trust a very special gift: two Minton tiles designed by Christopher Dresser. The design of the tiles includes motifs found in the pattern of the plates that were the catalyst of Alan Garner' s novel, The Owl Service. This generous donation epitomised the atmosphere of warmth and good will that was generated among all those present.

Jenny Reddish accepting her award

Jenny Reddish accepting her award
 

Richard Morris presenting the Eric Morten Award

Richard Morris presenting the Eric Morten Award
 

A student explaining what the excavation has revealed

A student explaining what the excavation has revealed

John Hudson identifying and dating pottery sherds found in the garden of a Friend of The Blackden Trust

John Hudson identifying and dating pottery sherds found in the garden of a Friend of The Blackden Trust

A Gathering of Friends and Fellows

Friends and the founding committee of the Friends of The Blackden Trust gathered for an informal buffet supper. Richard Morris thanked them, outlined plans, and invited more ideas. Small groups formed, so that the evening was both a celebration of what had been achieved, and a hatchery for the future.

One of the Fellows carving venison

One of the Fellows carving venison

Hatching plans

Hatching plans

For further information about past events, refer to the archive of event reports in date order.

Printed on: 26 Mar 2017

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