Williamson Talks: Joyce's War

The Friends of the Williamson will be hosting their final talk in the current series of cultural explorations with speaker, Rhiannon Evans who will give an illustrated talk about her first book about ‘Joyce’s War’ as part of Get Creative - a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity.

Get Creative aims to boost creativity in the UK, as well as celebrating the millions of people already doing something artistic and creative everyday. The campaign was launched 19 February 2015, by BBC Arts in partnership with cultural movement What Next? and leading arts and cultural organisations across the country, including Culture at King’s, Voluntary Arts, 64 Million Artists, Fun Palaces, Cultural Learning Alliance and Arts Council England.  The Friends of the Williamson have joined hundreds of organisations nationwide to become a Get Creative Champion.

The event, organised by Friends of the Williamson will be held on Saturday the 14th of March at 11.30am and is free but donations welcomed to the charity to keep the gallery alive and lively. Joyce’s War: From the Mersey to the Middle East: words and images 1939-44 is the recently published wartime journal of Joyce Thomas (née Parry) who lived in Oxton, Birkenhead in the last six years of her life. Joyce was an Australian nurse who came to the UK in 1937 to find her roots in Wales and Liverpool. On the outbreak of war she signed up as a Queen Alexandra nurse working as a Sister on hospital ships, in India and the Middle East. The talk by Joyce’s daughter, Rhiannon Evans who is the editor of the book, will be illustrated with photographs and illustrations as well as with images by war artists, including the local artist, Albert Richards. There will be a small exhibition of Albert Richards art work on display in the Williamson from the 5th of March.

Members of the public can keep up to date with all the activities at the Williamson Art Gallery and Birkenhead Priory including the new series of Williamson Talks starting on April the 18th, by following The Friends of the Williamson’s facebook page, twitter and on their blog or visiting www.williamsonartgallery.org website.

Get Creative has its digital home on BBC Arts online and through the use of #bbcgetcreative on social media sites. Visit www.bbc.co.uk/getcreative for more details