Remembering Thomas Armstrong
and Memories of old Abbots Langley
Sunday 29th May 2011
2.00pm - 4.30pm
in the Abbot's House Garden and Barn WD5 0AR
(Entrance is immediately off St Lawrence Close, on the left hand side of the road)
To mark the centenary of the death of one of Abbots Langley's most influential and talented residents, the Local History Society is organising a display and short talk on the life and works of Thomas Armstrong.
Talented in his own right, Thomas Armstrong worked with leading artists of his day and in 1881 became Director of Art at the South Kensington Museum, later to become the famous Victoria & Albert Museum. He moved to The Abbot's House in 1890 and lived there until his death in 1911.
The event will include a short tour of St Lawrence Church where a number of his original works can be viewed. Tea and cakes will be available in the Barn, along with the chance to explore the Abbot's House Garden.
There will be an admission charge of £3.50 for St Francis Hospice.
Also at this event anyone with old photographs, or other items of local interest, is invited to bring them along to the Barn at the Abbot's House, where members of the Local History Society will be available to hear and discuss their story and to scan or photograph them for the Parish Local History Archive. Photographs of street scenes, schools, club outings and sports teams will be of particular interest.
Photo - Thomas Armstrong (1832-1911)
Director for Art, Department of Science & Art, V&A
(Art Journal Illustrated, 1891)