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For the vast ma­jor­ity of us, Sir Al­fred Munnings is some­thing of a dis­tant fig­ure. Hav­ing died al­most 60 years ago, in 1959, what we now know of him is through his re­mark­able paint­ings.

How­ever, to the broad­caster and for­mer politi­cian Martin Bell OBE, Munnings was much more than a great painter. To him, Sir Al­fred was a dear friend of his fa­ther’s, and there­fore a won­der­ful source of sto­ries and anec­dotes.

The Munnings Art Mu­seum is set to wel­come Martin as he de­liv­ers this year’s birth­day lec­ture, which marks Sir Al­fred’s birth­day on Oc­to­ber 8.

Martin will re­flect on his own child­hood on the Nor­folk/Suf­folk bor­der as well as his ru­ral up­bring­ing with his fa­ther, the farmer, writer and very first cross­word com­piler for The Times, Adrian Bell. Nat­u­rally, Martin plans to re­gale the au­di­ence with tales drawn from his fa­ther’s friend­ship with Sir Al­fred too.

The Munnings Art Mu­seum Birth­day Lec­ture takes place on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 3 at The As­sem­bly Rooms, Ded­ham.

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