Archive for 26/07/2014

Shine A Light

By Wayne Holland

A few weeks ago we were happy to report that our finely carved oak statue Samson had left Norfolk Collections Centre to undergo conservation work. This blog charts the 357 year history of Samson.

Two of Norwich’s most famous characters are these two oak carved statues of Samson and Hercules.

Image 9 Samson (left) is holding a small fox in his left hand and the jawbone of an ass in his right held up to his shoulder, he has a moustache and long flowing hair. Hercules (right) is standing holding a large club to his right shoulder, he has a moustache and long flowing hair.

The older of the two, Samson, is 357 years old! For the first time in his life he has left Norfolk, for the bright lights of London to undergo conservation work.

Find out more from our conservation department blog

For most of their lives…

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One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?

ID-10027716On the 19th July after 7 days of discussions, the UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed an outcome document containing 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets. The OWG, which comprises of 30 representatives from the five UN regional groups nominated by UN Member States, and the commitment to create the SDGs came out of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012. The OWG’s primary responsibility has been to create the proposed SDGs and this proposal will be submitted to the UN General Assembly for consideration at its 68th session on the 24th September 2014.

Taking place at the UN headquarters in New York, OWG 13, chaired by Macharia Kamau of Kenya and Csaba Kőrösi of Hungary, was extended by a day due to overnight negotiations. In particular discussions around the issues…

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I’ve seen several Shakespearean productions en plein air, but there is no doubt that the most fitting is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, with its star-crossed lovers wandering in woodlands inhabited by fairies. So the sylvan setting of Ardgillan Castle, north of Dublin, seems to me a wondrous setting for the play on Friday 1st August.

Ardgillan Castle Ardgillan Castle

This battlemented C18th country house, with its acres of parkland stretching down to the sea, is magical in its own right, with views along the east coast north of Dublin as far as the Mourne Mountains.

The walled garden Ardgillan Castle, Co Dublin The walled garden Ardgillan Castle, Co Dublin

The setting is the Walled Garden – a Victorian styled kitchen garden, with arched gateways and high stone walls, clothed in old roses. Today the walled garden is subdivided into five compartments:

The Ornamental garden with a wide range of semi-tender plants and a pretty rockery with lots of colour…

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