Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Southport (well Birkdale actually) Vicar features at London’s Science Museum

In December I reported on a Radio 4 programme presented by Sir Tim Rice which explored the lasting appeal of British magazine Eagle and the impact of its flagship character Dan Dare.

My Birkdale colleague Simon Shaw, and his wife Lyn, recently spent a few days in London. One morning they “did the museums”. In what seems to be a serious case of gender-stereotyping, while Lyn visited the V&A, Simon was across the road at the Science Museum.

Simon was interested to find a “Dan Dare” exhibition on the first floor of the Science Museum. This referred to Birkdale vicar Rev Marcus Morris, and Southport artist Frank Hampson. Rev Morris was post-war vicar of St James’ Birkdale and, concerned about the influence of American comics, he founded Eagle magazine in 1950.
Sharp eyed readers will note that there is another Birkdale connection. The final photo makes reference to Sir William Beveridge the Liberal MP and Peer who went to school  in Birkdale a fact he makes reference to in a letter he sent to Bob Martin one of my predesessors as parliamentary candidate.

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