Online Talk: Tangier Days: The Edes in Morocco, 1936-52

21 Jan 2021

Regular hours

Thu, 21 Jan
18:00 – 19:00

Timezone: Europe/London

Cost of entry

FREE for Friends, £10 non-Friends, £5 students


Hosted by: Kettle's Yard

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Join Kettle's Yard Director Andrew Nairne for an online talk looking at the time Jim and Helen Ede spent living in Morocco.


We are delighted to invite you to the first online annual talk with Andrew Nairne, Director, specially for the Friends of Kettle’s Yard. Andrew will discuss Kettle’s Yard’s creators Jim and Helen Ede’s time spent living in Tangier, Morocco, between 1936 and 1952, recently the subject of a new series, ‘Tangier Days‘.

Drawing on material from the Kettle’s Yard Archive and the Swan family archive, Andrew will share his own research with the Friends and invite a closer look at the couple’s years in North Africa, in particular how Whitestone – the house built by the Edes in Tangier – laid the groundwork for Jim’s ultimate vision for Kettle’s Yard. In the same spirit of hospitality and generosity with which they would open up their home in Cambridge, Jim and Helen hosted servicemen on leave from the garrison in Gibraltar each week at Whitestone. Offering soldiers and airmen the opportunity to encounter art, music and literature in the surroundings of a home and to enjoy the promise of cosmopolitan freedom in Tangier – then an ‘International Zone’ – the Edes created a social hub that was a place of respite, much like Kettle’s Yard.

Free for Friends, £10 non-Friends, £5 students, booking required

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