Tuesday, September 18, 2007

British Surfing Museum

Great news from Peter Robinson, the director of The British Surfing Museum, who tells me that he’s just obtained sponsorship for the museum from the clothing company Oxbow for the next three years. Apparently Oxbow’s new marketing strategy is to go back to its roots of longboard surfing which is great news for the museum which has the most extensive and historically significant collection of vintage surfboards, literature and memorabilia on public display and for academic research in Britain. The culmination of this sponsorship will be the establishment of a new purpose built venue in 2010.

In the meantime, Peter has organised a fantastic exhibition entitled ‘An Art History of British Surfing’ which will be situated in the Havant Museum in Hampshire from January 19th to March 1st next year followed by the Red House Museum in Christchurch from May 3rd to June 14th 2008 and finally The National Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby from June 28th to September 7th 2008. It promises to be a rare treat for surfers and non-surfers alike with original British surfboards dating back almost a century featuring art and sculptural form. It will be complemented by an eclectic mix of memorabilia showing amazing artwork from the creative minds of surfers and those drawn to this ancient pastime. Also on show will be stunning replicas of ancient Hawaiian surfboards hand carved by the Tom Pohaku Stone – a lecturer in Hawaiian culture and surfer of legendary status. Sponsored by Oxbow and the Kind Design graphics team in North Devon, it’ll be well worth a look.

For more information log on to http://www.thesurfingmuseum.co.uk/.

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