Oliver Postgate

Oliver Postgate (12 April 1925 – 8 December 2008) was a children’s writer and producer. A varied arts education was followed by work as a stage manager in children’s television where he developed Alexander the Mouse in 1958 for ITV with friend Peter Firmin. They set up Smallfilms and launched many successful children’s programmes, with […]

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Tristram Hillier

Tristram Hillier (11 April 1905 – 18 January 1983) was a painter. He was born in China, the son of a banker and diplomat, and first trained as an artist at the Slade School of Fine Art in 1926 and then in Paris, where he met many artists linked to Surrealism and was particularly influenced […]

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Tirzah Garwood

Tirzah Garwood (11 April 1908 – 27 March 1951) was a wood engraver and artist. From 1925 she studied at Eastbourne School of Art where she was taught wood engraving by Eric Ravilious. She received commissions in 1928 from the BBC to illustrate Granville Bantock’s The Pilgrim’s Progress and in 1929 the ‘Relations’ engravings for […]

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James Parkinson

James Parkinson (11 April 1755 – 21 December 1824) was a surgeon and palaeontologist. He followed his father’s career training at the London Hospital, obtaining the diploma of the Company of Surgeons in 1784 and ran a successful medical practice in Hoxton, London as well as an apothecary. In 1817 he published An Essay on […]

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Alfie Bass

Alfie Bass (10 April 1916 – 15 July 1987) was an actor. His acting career began just before the war and whilst working as a despatch rider he featured in Ministry of Information and army film unit documentaries. After the war his theatre work included Shakespearean roles, as the Ghost in Bespoke Overcoat (1953) and […]

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Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson

Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson (9 April 1817 – 22 March 1875) was a Scottish architect. Employed as a draughtsman in the Glasgow office of John Baird, he married into the Baird family and set up with John Baird II in 1848, then with his younger brother George in 1857. By the mid-1850s he had developed his […]

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Edward Carnell

Edward Carnell (8 April 1912 – 23 March 1972) was a science fiction writer, journal editor and literary agent. He was crucial to the development of science fiction in Britain. Before the war he became treasurer of the Science Fiction Association and editor of the journal of the British Interplanetary Society. After it he published […]

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Dorothy Renton

Dorothy Renton (7 April 1898 – 28 January 1966) was a gardener. Along with her husband, John Renton, they developed from 1925 three rock gardens linked to Branlyn, a house they built above the banks of the River Tay in Scotland. They were founder members of the Alpine Garden Society and Scottish Rock Garden Club. […]

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Terence Armstrong

Terence Armstrong (7 April 1920 – 21 February 1996) was a polar scholar. He obtained a first-class honours degree in French and Russian from Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1941 and after the war became a research fellow in Russian studies at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) where he worked for thirty-six years, analysing shipping […]

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Arthur Negus

Arthur Negus (29 March 1903 – 5 April 1985) was an antiques expert and broadcaster. On the death of his father he took over the family business making and restoring furniture, building up the business as an antique dealer. In 1946 he joined Bruton Knowles & Co fine art auctioneers in Gloucester, in charge of […]

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