The great architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner praised Edgar Wood for his originality and some of his greatest buildings can still be found in Yorkshire where Wood had close family connections. The Edgar Wood Heritage Group (Yorkshire) is dedicated to raising the awareness of the work of Edgar Wood, especially in Yorkshire, encouraging and carrying out research on Edgar Wood and his influence in the region and lobbying to ensure the preservation and enhancement of his work.
The Group is in the process of creating an archive of Wood’s work and related subjects. Activities have included the opening to the public and interpretation of Wood’s buildings on Heritage Open Days, the organisation of lectures on the work of Edgar Wood and associated topics as well as the preparation of publications on aspects of Wood’s work in the region.
News from Briarcourt
Vicky House writes:
Over nearly two and a half years at Briarcourt, we've become used to welcoming visitors who have memories or insights to share, or who look to take inspiration from the building and its Arts and Crafts ethos and features. Last week it was the turn of a film crew (pictured below).
I often hear fans of Edgar Wood's work voice their frustration that his life, artistic and architectural legacy is not more widely celebrated, when some of his contemporaries such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Charles Voysey are household names. As with all things celebrity, I guess it's all about being in the right place at the right time.
The documentary film being made by Anthony Dolan and colleagues promises to offer some redress. I can't give too much detail away, but the crew has also filmed in Manchester and has a trip to Italy planned to capture something of Edgar's final years living in Liguria.
Stay tuned......we can look forward to the autumn for the release date....and, I'm told, the possibility of a Yorkshire screening!
Edgar Wood Heritage Group (Yorkshire) 2017