The Day of the Scroll and an Evening of talks on John Doman Turner

The September edition of the Walberswick Local History Group newsletter has published a fantastic review on The Day of the Scroll, along with our evening talk about John Doman Turner with Esther Freud.

The wonderful John English writes…

‘Saturday 13th May 2017 provided a unique opportunity for those interested in the Walberswick scroll and it’s creator, John Doman Turner (JDT). On that day, gathered together under one roof (in the Heritage Hut), were probably the foremost authorities on the subject and it was in Walberswick. The day started with multiple viewings of the scroll which was followed by a visit from ITV news and finally a chance to see, hear and question the experts.

The same experts gathered in the evening, this time in the Village Hall, for the WLHG Spring Lecture. This was billed as “John Doman Turner and the Walberswick Village Scroll” and attracted a large audience.

The experts gathered were:

Richard Scott: Richard is a Walberswick resident, artist and “protector” of the scroll. For many rears Richard has shown the scroll at regular intervals on the stage of the VH. He also included a large piece on JDT and the scroll in his book “Artists at Walberswick – East Anglian Interludes 1880-2000. Recently Richard penned a short article on the scroll to be developed as a pamphlet for scroll days. Richard can be seen at the left of the picture of the gathered experts.

James and Stephen Robertson: This remarkable father-and-son team have turned detecSve to hunt down works and details of JDT, the man known as the “forgotten Camden Towner”. Their presentation revealed information about the life and works of JDT that would have remained unknown but for their diligence. Look for their web site – it’s well worth keep going back to check as information is added frequently.

Esther Freud: Also a Walberswick resident, Esther wove details of JDT and her grandfather, an architect responsible for a number of Walberswick houses, into her novel “The Sea House”. In research for her book Esther read many leers wrien by JDT and gained an insight into the man and arSst. Esther read passages from her book to illustrate her research.

From left to right: Richard Scott, James W Robertson, Esther Freud and Stephen Robertson

It was a great evening revealing the results of original research. This was not a review of published information but the release, for the first time, of new information. We, the members and guests of WLHG, were privileged to be there to be witness to this.

James and Stephen Robertson talking about John Doman Turner.

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