Vaux, Marc. (23 of 76). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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    1996-03-02 and 1996-05-04 and 1996-06-13 and 1996-12-10 and 1997-03-04 and 1998-02-24 and 1998-03-12 and 1998-10-15 and 1998-11-17 and 2000-09-13 and 2003-02-06 and 2003-02-27 and 2003-03-27 and 2003-06-26 and 2003-10-15 and 2003-11-05

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    Interviewee's studio, London, United Kingdom

  • Interviewees

    Vaux, Marc, 1932- (male)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (female)

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    Part 23. Marc Vaux [MV] continues discussion of leaving school; took job at Harwell as a chemistry lab assistant; describes his work there; recalls accident when mercury exploded in the lab and other dangerous accidents that occurred there; relationship with colleagues in the lab. MV comments on activities while doing job at Harwell; played in a jazz band called ‘The Swindon Town Stompers’; remarks on member of the band and their relationships. MV discusses early sexual encounters and losing his virginity. Comments on other activities during this time; lived with his parents at home; on going to the local Swindon museums and seeing a Leslie Cole exhibition. On going to London to go to Jazz clubs – saw ‘Kenny Graham and his Afro Cubists’; MV comments on playing jazz – never really wanted to be a musician; abandoned his instrument and committed himself 100 percent to art. MV comments on going to theatre while at Harwell; saw J.B. Priestley. MV discusses his time in the National Service; was in the Royal Air Force; was in signals so had to learn Morse Code; mentions his brother went into the Army.

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