Reception celebrates 150th anniversary of Sime's birth

On 5th June 2015, the Trustees held a reception to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Sidney Sime's birth and to bring friends of the gallery and the local community generally up to date with the programme of restoration and development that has now been underway for a number of years.

Of the 70 guests who attended, a number were individual donors and many represented grant bodies who have supported the Gallery.  The occasion was an opportunity to thank them for their support.  They included Ewbank's Auctions, Surrey County Council, Guildford Borough Council, Worplesdon Parish Council, Memorial Hall and Sime Gallery Trustees, Surrey Community Action, NADFAS (in particular GEDFAS) and Surrey County Council Museums Consultative Committee.  Other attendees included those who are involved with volunteering on open days, planned visits, research, restoration and conservation.


A raffle in aid of the painting restoration fund included a delicious cake donated by Christmas' Bakery.


Left to right: Marilyn Scott, Director of the Lightbox; Deputy Mayor of Guildford Cllr Gordon Jackson and Mrs Jackson; Geoffrey Beare of the William Heath Robinson Trust; and former Councillor Jennifer Powell


Tim Dolby explains his conservation work to guests in the Gallery


The Deputy Mayor of Guildford and Mrs Jackson, Marilyn Scott, Director of the Lightbox in Woking (where a Sime Exhibition will be held in 2017), and Geoffrey Beare from the William Heath Robinson Trust were welcomed (see photo).  Other special guests included Thomas Seymour, the grandson of polymath and wealthy aristocrat, Lord Howard de Walden, Sime's patron and lifelong friend; also professional pianist and composer Professor Francis Pott, who recently completed the first ever recordings of the music composed by Sime's friend Joseph Holbrooke to accompany the wonderful drawings and extraordinary 'jingles' that Sime published in his 1923 book Bogey Beasts.

Mary Broughton, Trustee, thanked the many donors and outlined the importance of the Gallery and Sime's artwork not only to the local community of Worplesdon but also to the wider world of illustrators and artists. Throughout the evening, there were talks art conservators Hazel Neill and Tim Dolby.