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Date(s) - 10/06/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Old Baptist Chapel



To mark 50 years since the death of Gloucestershire writer, John Moore, as well as 110 years since his birth in Tewkesbury, the museum is holding two talks on Saturday 10 June.


Beauty in UglinessJohn Moore’s Tewkesbury: Simon Lawton, Curator, John Moore Museum

2pm to 2.45pm (Break for refreshments)

John Moore’s novel, Portrait of Elmbury, published in 1945, was a thinly disguised homage to Tewkesbury in the inter-war years and this setting is fundamental to some of his best loved books.  Many of his characters were based on real people who lived in the town and it became an all-consuming passion for people to try and tell the fact from the fiction.  In this talk, John Moore Museum Curator, Simon Lawton, will be exploring the rich literary creation that is John Moore’s beloved town.


Forever bound to the Place – Tewkesbury’s John Moore, an Historical Perspective: John Dixon, President, Tewkesbury Historical Society

3.15pm to 4pm 

Every time I re-read the works of John Moore, the more I appreciate him and want to know more about his life and thinking.”  In his talk, John Dixon, will explore the history of the Moore family and the characteristics which impacted upon John.  He will look more deeply into his career and how it led to the campaign to preserve the Town’s heritage as his health deteriorated.  “There is the fascination of John Moore the Historian – always worried about embarrassing his mother, it is intriguing to know just what information he imparts about Tewkesbury is reliable.  What is undeniable is the mutual impact of the Town on the man – and the man on the Town.”



Available on the door or in advance from the museum

Adults £4.00 / Seniors & Students £3.50 / Children £2

(Ticket includes admission to the John Moore Museum & The Old Baptist Chapel + refreshments)