In Search of Virginia: A talk by Miranda Seymour

In 1931, Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights turned twenty-year-old newcomer Virginia Cherrill into the most famous girl in the world.

Once married to Cary Grant, she turned down the Maharajah of Jaipur and eventually found her ‘happy ever after’ with Polish Airman Florian Martini of RAF Woodvale. Join us as we discuss a deliciously spiky and vivid portrait of the unconventional and witty young woman.

This Object Of The Month talk accompanies our exhibition Courage & Devotion which remembers the lives of the Polish Airmen based at RAF Woodvale, the iconic Spitfire and some of the stories associated with Sefton during World War 2.

Miranda Seymour

Miranda Seymour is a novelist, biographer and critic.  She has been a visiting professor at Nottingham Trent University.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she lives both in London and at her family’s ancestral home in Nottinghamshire, Thrumpton Hall. Miranda began writing as a historical novelist, moving from fiction into biography during the 1980s.

Miranda also has ‘I Used to Live Here Once: The Haunted Life of Jean Rhys’ as an upcoming works.

The Object of the Month lunchtime talks take place on the second Wednesday of every month and highlight different objects from our fine art and social history collections.

Join us as we discover the hidden histories of items across our collections, from painting, print and sculpture to craft, costume and ceramics. The programme is delivered by Museum and Gallery staff as well as a wide range of outside expert speakers.

Object of the Month talks are freeDonations to The Atkinson Development Trust are welcomed.

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