A great Open Weekend

Hidden Treasures

On the evening of Friday 26 September, Dover celebrated the launch of the Cultural Olympiad with Light Up Dover, a synchronised pyrotechnics show put on by “The World Famous” and featuring a torch in anticipation of the real thing. The sun was out for “Open Up Dover” on Saturday and Sunday and no doubt the good weather was a factor in bringing the many visitors to Buckland House, who enjoyed the DAD and White Nave screening programme and also took a general look around. Many of the visitors were former employees of the Mill, so had a special interest in the place. All visitors were given a warm welcome by human guides placed at stratgic points.

DAD’s morning programme of archive footage relating to Kent’s industrial heritage was well attended and there was strong local interest in the Tower Hamlets film. Many in the audience recognised people in the film and one person was overjoyed and surprised to see her family shop. Ray Warner’s film with footage of Dover’s former mills and working factories, including footage of Buckland Mill while it was still working, was a very fitting end to the morning screenings.

The morning programme provided a perfect introduction to the afternoon preview of “The photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher” by Marianne Kapfer.     The film was a sensitive homage to these two immensely significant artists and Marianne was present on both days to give the audience further insights into the making of the film. DAD’s connection with Marianne is through Goetz Diergarten who was our first artist in residence for the DAD photography commissions 07/08. The film included some scenes of men at work which spoke of the practised gestures of men at work over generations as shown in the morning’s industrial footage; most of such work takes place deep inside or only rarely around the buildings photographed by the Bechers and thus is not visually present in the photographs.