Ackroyd, Norman (2 of 24).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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    2009-05-25, 2009-06-15, 2009-08-10, 2009-09-14, 2009-12-14, 2010-01-11, 2010-02-08, 2011-05-09, 2011-05-16, 2011-05-06

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    Interviewee's studio, London

  • Interviewees

    Ackroyd, Norman, 1938- (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)

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    Part 2: [45:56] NA loved singing hymns at school, was in school recorder band. No church-going as child, went to Congregational church Sunday School. Aged 9, visited Adel church, Leeds; York Minster, impressed by light. Mentions NA’s daughter, Poppy Ackroyd (PA) member of National Children’s Orchestra. Adel church, NA’s school trip by tram. Aged 11/12 school trip to Ingleborough; week’s trip to Wye Valley aged approx 14, Tintern Abbey. Interest in geography and history embodied in landscape; interest in maps. NA’s school experimental; Richard Hoggart, Peter O’Toole, Keith Waterhouse fellow pupils. Division of Leeds, north and south of river, different educational levels. Dedicated teachers at NA’s school. Hoggart’s The Uses of Literacy encapsulates social fabric of NA’s childhood; NA read it at Leeds Art School, c 1956/7; Hoggart came to speak. Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood on radio when NA at Leeds Art School. Terry Frost, Victor Pasmore taught NA. (16:49) Ingleborough, one of three peaks in Yorkshire Dales; NA’s school trip. Reading the landscape through maps. Mallam Tarn; James Ward’s painting, Tate Britain. Value of school trips. Day trips when had bicycle. (22:14) NA’s awareness of history of landscape and its people when drawing e.g. in Lake District. (23:29) NA’s childhood house. AA made pork pies at home, started in early December for Christmas, stored in larder cellar, jelly sealed them for preservation. NA’s childhood house; NA shared room with brother; impact two landscape oil paintings. Vase NA still has from family home; still has steel from AA’s shop, uses AA’s boning knife as letter opener. Childhood house. Parents’ different values; CA made NA learn piano. NA’s 5 ‘O’ levels, CA made him stay for sixth form; geography and art ‘A’ levels; knew from approx age 15 what he wanted to do. Parents’ values. AA bought grand piano from a pub; NA’s elder brother, Harry, plays well. Mary Fedden’s standing pie, Glyndebourne picnic, annual trip to final dress rehearsal. Turner and Yorkshire pie. [45:56].

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