Byron legacy inspires artists’ show

ON DISPLAY: Pictured along one of the exhibits is Jean Lowe, from the East Durham  Artists' Network. Below, Lord Byron.

ON DISPLAY: Pictured along one of the exhibits is Jean Lowe, from the East Durham Artists' Network. Below, Lord Byron.

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THE lasting legacy of Lord Byron’s wife and daughter have been celebrated with an exhibition inspired by their work.

East Durham Artists’ Network has put together Women and Byron in recognition of Anne Isabella Milbanke, who married George Gordon Byron at Seaham Hall in January 1815, and their daughter, 
Ada Lovelace, who was a renowned mathematician and worked on the world’s first computers.

Lord Byron.

Lord Byron.

The display, on show at the Art Block in Church Street in Seaham, is running to commemorate the ill-fated marriage, with revelations about the incestuous relationship he had with his half-sister.

Jean Lowes, a member of the art group who has helped put together the show, said: “We thought they were very much worthwhile highlighting and we’ve had quite a few people who have come in and knew quite a lot about Ada.

“People have often heard of her, but don’t connect her to Seaham.

“We worked on our pieces for some time and they’re very interesting and very different.

“This is local history people should know about and people can come and connect with it here.”

Items on show include a shawl evocative of the era the women lived in, silhouette work, a wedding dress and poetry.

A copy of the marriage certificate, which is on show at St Mary’s Church next to Seaham Hall, is also on display.

Jean added: “We’ve been working on this for quite some time and what’s been put together is very different.

“Much has been made about Lord Byron and we wanted to focus on the women concerned and their links to Seaham.”

EDAN members Jean Spence, Victoria Leeks, Louise Keenan, Jac Howard, George Browell, Joy Hall, Elaine Nicholson and Michael Faulkner joined Jean in exhibiting.

The final day of the show is tomorrow, with the Art Block open from 11am to 3pm.