The work of a philosopher, writer and wartime ‘Brains Trust’ celebrity is set to be showcased at the Arundel Museum this month.
Cyril Edwin Mitchinson Joad, a prolific writer who penned more than 100 books, lived from August 12 1891 until April 9 1953. He did a lot of his work in Sussex, where he wrote many of his books.
Joad was one of the best known British intellectuals of his time.
As a panel member of The Brains Trust, an informational BBC radio and television programme in the 1940s and 50s, Joad would enable the show’s panel of experts to answer questions sent in by the audience.
Joad passed away of cancer at the age of 61 at Easter 1953, and to mark the occasion, Arundel Museum is displaying some of the Joad Archive.
From April 7 to 14, the museum will display Joad artefacts and manuscripts, and visitors can find out what links philosophy, train travel and a Sussex farm.
Arundel Museum is almost exclusively run by volunteers who have a passion for the history of the town and its people. The exhibits have been arranged to tell the story of this historic town.
The exhibition will commemorate the passing of the ‘People’s Philosopher’ and Brains Trust broadcaster.
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1932-49: corresp with Sir BH Liddell Hart
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1952: corresp with New Statesman magazine
Sussex University Library Special Collections
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20th cent: additional papers
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Described as “probably the most beautiful short walk in the South Downs National Park”, the Joadian Way Ramblette will take place the weekend before Easter – Saturday April 8 – to mark the 64th Anniversary of South Downs philosopher and writer C.E.M. Joad (1891-1953), who became famous in the wartime Brains Trust.
Starting from Amberley Station at 11am, the short walk will pass through North Stoke near the South Downs Way (with its unique red Telephone Box/Information Point), and then on to South Stoke where Joad wrote many of his 100+ books in the 1940’s. On arrival back at Amberley Station by 12.30 (approx), there will be an option for lunch at the Riverside Restaurant by Houghton Bridge.
All are warmly welcome. Good walking boots are strongly recommended as it is likely to be muddy in places.
There will also be a “Joad Exhibitionette” in Arundel Museum from Friday April 7 to Friday April 14 2017.
For more information, please contact Richard by email: email@example.com or text: 07540 309592
May I share with readers a little story about Reg Haydon OBE, Honorary Life President and former National Chairman of the Tenant Farmers Association (“TFA mourns the loss of a ‘true giant'”, WSG, Sept 7).
I first met Mr Haydon in 2002 – 14 years ago – to confirm something I had stumbled across in my research on ‘Professor’ C.E.M. Joad – made famous in the wartime Brains Trust (a popular BBC radio programme which older readers might still remember).
I had discovered that the ‘Professor’ regularly stayed at South Stoke Farm to write many of his 100+ philosophy books. His last book – “Folly Farm” – was a posthumous work of fiction, and Joad had described in detail the landscape surrounding his fictitious dream farm – his folly. The description seemed to fit South Stoke Farm and the surrounding area, but I needed confirmation.
I had heard Reg Haydon didn’t suffer fools gladly, so it was with considerable trepidation I walked up to his front door. I was a ‘townie’. He was not. This was a working farm. He was a working farmer. I was not.
He listened graciously to what I had to say, saying little, but confirmed that Joad’s ‘Folly Farm’ was indeed South Stoke Farm. Armed with this confirmation, I said I was thinking of organising an event to mark Joad’s 50th Anniversary – in 2003.
Reg Haydon immediately offered the Chapel Barn as the venue, and there would be no charge.
Thus, the South Stoke Festival of Thought took place on April 9 2003, thanks to this wonderfully kind gesture. It proved to be a great day – and not just for me.
And thanks to Mr Haydon and his family – and the small community – there is now a Joad Archive at the Arundel Museum and The Joadian Way – probably the most beautiful short walk in the South Downs National Park.
Reg Haydon OBE will be remembered with affection and gratitude by this ‘townie’ – and I know I’m not alone.