Memories of an unconventional 1950s upbringing

"Swimming at the Sluice Gate" by Lorna Vahey
"Swimming at the Sluice Gate" by Lorna Vahey

Preview: Stories and memories – Pett Level in the 1950s by Lorna Vahey, Conquest Hospital Exhibition Area (main entrance, turn right). Until September 3. Free.

Many of these events are drawn from her childhood, an eccentric upbringing in a self-sufficient small-holding 
in Pett, by parents who were both painters.

She continues to paint in Hastings and her work has been widely exhibited, including for many years at the prestigious annual Summer Show at the Royal Academy, London.

In the 1950s, an ancient cottage without amenities, 
with water drawn from the well and no electric light, was against the trend of the time towards labour-saving modernity.

Lorna recalls the self-sufficient lifestyle as hard, but very memorable.

The recollections and characters from these early years around Pett (and some later memories too) that have inspired Lorna Vahey’s work are observed and recorded in fascinating detail.

Memories of hop picking, swimming at the sluice gate, or a winter evening when gypsies were invited to sit by their fire, are recorded along with holidays, family celebrations and odd events, such as “Carrying Dinner in Pannell Lane.”

Don’t miss the chance to see 
it all in 42 beautiful paintings.