Black Friday: The English may be shedding tears as Tiering is worse than full lockdown
As a very difficult year limps into its last lap, the toll to health, sanity and the economy is probably far higher than many would admit to. Imprisoned in our homes, worried about job prospects, barely able to socialise, exercise or travel, we have had to dig deep into our own resources to keep going.
Some may be planning a little splurge today, where for the first time ever online sales in the US are expected to outstrip that of physical retailers. This follows the pattern of supermarket sales, where the very elderly have been given priority delivery slots, and have coped with a totally new way of shopping.
The STA has also quickly embraced today’s new reality, first with our monthly lectures being held via video conferencing, then the Diploma I Course via interactive Zoom where students can quiz the lecturers on aspects of their talk.
We are certainly not the only ones trying to keep in touch with our members and moving on; what else can one do? Today I’m sharing with you an interesting link to an art foundation I follow. The Paul Mellon Centre is based in a pair of adjoining houses in London’s Bedford Square. The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art is an educational charity that champions new ways of understanding British art history and culture. As National Trust houses are currently shut to the public, they have released a timely, free online publication called ‘Art & the Country House’.
In it one can explore the collections of Castle Howard, Doddington Hall, Mells Manor, Mount Stuart, Petworth House, Raynham Hall, Trewithen and West Wycombe. Involving research by over forty authors, Art & the Country House brings together detailed catalogues, document transcriptions, commissioned essays, films and an abundance of specially commissioned photography. Through its search facility, objects, artists, art works and bibliographies can be located and compared in new, productive, and more rapid ways.
A rather nice way to while away the winter days; I encourage day-dreaming.
Tags: Art, Stately Homes, Travel, Virtual reality
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