The past month has been full of nostalgia and retrospection.
Perhaps it’s something to do with all the public figures we’ve lost recently. David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Terry Wogan, Victoria Wood, Ronnie Corbett, Paul Daniels, Prince….maybe you don’t feel a pang of loss at the mention of every single one of these names. But the list is long enough to include a hero or heroine for practically everyone who grew up in the 60s, 70s and 80s. So we’re all a little bit in mourning right now.
And then, there are the retrospectives and anniversaries happening right here, right now. It’s 100 years since Roald Dahl was born. Shakespeare died 400 years ago. And landscape gardener Capability Brown would have celebrated his 300th birthday this year.
So, in keeping with the mood, for this round-up I’ve picked out posts on art and cultural events that reflect back over people’s lives, or into the past.
Hello it’s Gemma wrote about some of the days out and events in celebration of 100 years of Roald Dahl
Mummy Barrow told us 23 things you didn’t know about Stratford or Shakespeare
Globalmouse Travels paid a Romeo-and-Juliet themed Spring visit to fair Verona
The World According to Izzie mourned the loss of Prince in Nineteen Ninety-Nine
Heading overseas on the pilgrim trail of celebrated artists, Globetotting discovered Frida Kahlo’s home, La Casa Azul; and the Pigeon Pair and Me included visits to the Munch Museum and Edvard Munch’s grave, as two of seven relaxing things to do in Oslo, Norway
Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays took a really personal look back in Undressed: a Brief History of Underwear at the V&A
Family Travel Times dipped into the world of the Beano, Bunty and Rupert Bear when they visited the Cartoon Museum in Bloomsbury, London
The Gingerbread House was re-introduced to some old childhood favourites when the Clangers, Bagpuss and co visited the Museum of Childhood
Family Friendly Working experienced some retro chic in Margate, when they visited Dreamland and the Turner Contemporary Gallery
There’s been plenty of nostalgia in films, too. As well as a remake of the classic Jungle Book, Robinson Crusoe’s also been given a revamp. New Mum Online attended a special preview screening.
Over on Fashionmommy’s blog you can read about End of the Rainbow – a performance featuring Judy Garland’s last days – at the Wolverhampton Grand.
Jennifer’s Little World looked back at the love story between CS Lewis and poet Joy Gresham in Shadowlands at the Connaught Theatre, Wolverhampton
An Organised Mess contemplated the heady days of punk in Sid – the Play at Sherman Cymru
Big Family Little Adventures went WAY back into the past when they visited the Viking’s Guide to Deadly Dragons exhibition at Norwich Castle
What have you seen or done recently? Please don’t forget to tweet or email me your links to posts on art, film, theatre, music, museums, history – anything and everything cultural.