Director’s Diary: the camera always lies

Boat trips, two wonderful recitals and another Secret Adventure in Film this week at the Eighth Wonder of the World. 
Next week more films beneath the garden of the Midnight Apothecary, and music,  and the welcome return of our dark but scintillating underground Cabaret Down the Shaft with Tricity Vogue. In the nicest possible way of course.
On Saturday, the Rededication of the grave of Robert Howlett, gifted photographer who took the famous picture of Brunel standing in front of the chains. The service is at St Peter & St Paul, Wendling (Suffolk), where restoration of the grave has been funded largely by public subscription. The woman behind this long overdue honour for Howlett is the indomitable Rose Teanby, Associate of Royal Photographic Society, and no mean photographer herself. Rose has produced a beautiful commemorative booklet in which she unearths the real story: an extraordinary photographer who found pearls amongst the mud and trauma, on the launch ways of a ship that won’t move or in the hospitals for the casualties at Crimea. In London, Brunel is in poor health, he is traduced and vilified by the media, he is staring failure in the face, but somehow Howlett finds a transcendent moment. It is only a moment, but for the camera, the engineer is forever triumphant, and stares back at us confidently down the centuries.  The camera always lies, but it is a beautiful lie. The truth is, on that cold winter’s day down by the Thames, it must have been despair and desperation moving Brunel. A disastrous launch. But an impeccable launch. Brunel was launching a ship, but Howlett was launching an engineer.
Sunday 8th Oct 
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
10.40 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube offered in partnership with London Walks
Monday 9th Oct 
10.40 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube offered in partnership with London Walks
19.30 Chamber Players ensemble with Haydn, Boccherini and Mendelssohn
Tuesday 10th Oct
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks 
Wednesday 11th Oct 
10.00 Meeting Heritage Lottery Fund
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
14.00 meeting Thames Tideway Tunnel
18.15 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube offered in partnership with London Walks
Thursday 12th Oct
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
19.00 Secret Adventures: Cinema and cocktails in the Grand Entrance Hall 
 
Friday 13th Oct
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
Saturday 14th Oct
Service of Rededication St Peter & St Paul, Wendling (Suffolk) the grave of Robert Howlett
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
13.30 lunch at the Tunnel Club, Mayflower pub upper room 
17.30 Down the Shaft with Tricity Vogue. Cabaret & cocktails with Midnight Apothecary
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