In November 2013 a striking new mural was painted in Morecambe’s iconic art deco Midland hotel. The painting, by artist Jonquil Cook, is a homage to the Midland’s lost mural, by the acclaimed artist Eric Ravilious.
History repeating itself. Eric and Tirzah Ravilious, 1933 and Jonquil Cook and Isa Clee-Cadman, 2013.
In the spring of 1933, not long before completion of the Midland Hotel, the renowned water-colourist, Eric Ravilious, and his wife, Tirzah Garwood, installed themselves in lodgings at Heysham, near Morecambe. Ravilious had received a commission from the architect, Oliver Hill, to paint a mural on the walls of what were then to be the tearooms. (more…)
This year sees The Midland celebrate its 80th anniversary having first opened its doors on 12th July 1933. Designed by Oliver Hill with interior decoration by Eric Gill the hotel has a rich heritage. The Midland has allegedly been a favourite haunt of celebrities such as Coco Chanel, Sir Lawrence Olivier and Noel Coward which only adds to its illustrious history and air of seaside glamour.
It is impossible to ascertain which exact piece of The Midland is the most celebrated or distinguishing, as The Midland offers so many unique, iconic art deco features worthy of admiration and we will all have our own favourites. As today marks its 80th anniversary I thought it would be a great idea to share with you some of my favourite features from The Midland, so you too can gain insight into this iconic art-deco beauty. Below are the first five, some of these you will recognise, many others you may not, but all of which I hope you will enjoy… (more…)
Wayne Hemingway at The Midland, Morecambe
The Grade II listed 1930’s art deco masterpiece that is the Midland Hotel, Morecambe, is heralding its landmark year and Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway’s Vintage Festival is having a holiday in Morecambe to help those celebrations along.
Leading designer Wayne Hemingway, who was born and raised in Morecambe, said: “The Midland is a very special building – a truly unique design and iconic British building. It feels right and proper for us to bring a “pop up” version of our Vintage Festival to my hometown to celebrate The Midland’s landmark year and put on a wonderful party that encompasses the best of British design, music, fashion and art, and food
“We can’t wait to put on a great show for everyone who comes along. There will be lots for people to see and take part in, besides the two main ticketed events. For those not fortunate (or quick enough!) to get tickets or one of the room packages for the Vintage Tea Dance and the Torch Club evening ball there will be workshops , food and the Vintage Marketplace. We hope that people will really get into the Vintage spirit and dress up for the occasion for a fabulous summer’s day at the seaside.”
Outside The Midland for the launch of Vintage by the sea
Vintage Festivals have attracted tens of thousands of guests at celebrations on London’s South Bank, in Sussex and also at last year’s Preston Guild. They are events that have something for all ages and the 14th September is sure to live long in the memory of Morecambe.