Inventing the future exhibition

A special exhibition celebrating the contribution that Gresham’s School has made in the field of Design, Engineering and the Arts in the 20th Century.

Friday 28th September, 6pm, Big School, Gresham’s. RSVP: James Glennie ( by 18 September.

INVENTING THE FUTURE is an exhibition drawn from private collections and public institutions of boat, plane, architectural, engineering and graphic designs & products; literary and musical manuscripts, books, films, paintings & ephemera that celebrate the extraordinary contribution that 20th-century Greshamians have made nationally and internationally in the worlds of design and the arts.

W H Auden, Stephen Spender, Benjamin Britten & Ben Nicholson are among those with international reputations in the arts, together with John Reith founder of the BBC and those from the performing arts, such as theatre and film directors Peter Brook, Stephen Frears and Julian Jarrold through to actress Olivia Colman. Also featured are designers of the hovercraft, swing-wing and vertical take-off and landing planes, alongside Frank Perkins who developed and produced the diesel engine, transforming world agriculture. In addition you will see work from Phillip Dowson co-founder and chief architect at Arup Associates the global design business, James Dyson, Ian Proctor with more boats originating from his designs than any other, and Gerald Holtom the designer of the International Peace Symbol which he gave to the world without copyright.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 29th September to Sunday 14th October. Entry and talks are free.

ROBERT UPSTONE, Former Senior Curator of 20th Century Art at Tate Britain: BEN NICHOLSON Changing the Face of British Art, a talk followed by a discussion with James Glennie and the audience about Nicholson and the other Gresham’s artists. Monday 8th October, 6pm

D J TAYLOR, Whitbread Award-Winning Author: CAPTURING THE DECADE: Auden, Spender and the Literary Culture of the 1930’s, a talk by D J Taylor followed by a discussion with John Smart (biographer of John Hayward) with readings. Tuesday 9th October, 6pm