Journal Article

An Ark for England

Geoffrey A. C. Ginn

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 22, issue 1, pages 129-140
Published in print May 2010 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online July 2009 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhp033
An Ark for England

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New Barnet's Abbey Folk Park embodied the unique sensibilities of its director, the antiquary, occult scholar and ‘irregular bishop’ Father J. S. M. Ward. A populist ‘open air’ museum on a pattern that proliferated across Britain after World War II, Ward's museum was also a vehicle for the pentecostal millennialism of his Confraternity of the Kingdom of Christ. The museum, its collection and the manner of its display demonstrates an unusual confluence between occult Christianity and more familiar themes of national heritage and Spenglerian notions of decline in inter-war Britain.

Journal Article.  7629 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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