Francis Redfern lived at 34 Carter Street, Uttoxeter from 1851 to 1895, the year of his death, but this year the museum will be commemorating his 193rd birthday with an evening talk and a family fun event.
“Last year we celebrated the 150th year since his book ‘The History and Antiquities of Uttoxeter’ was published with our own publication about his life and work. We are now starting to commemorate the man who gave us our name on an annual basis around his birthday in an effort to make his name more widely known in the town.” Said Helena Coney, Archivist.
The exact date of Redfern’s birth is not known as it was before all births, deaths and marriages were legally registered by the authorities but his baptism was recorded on the 23rd May 1823 at Fenny Bentley.
The talk on May 24th will be given by Chairman of the Uttoxeter Heritage Trust, David Parkes, and will describe his life and works. Booking is advisable.
“The trust holds digital copies of his diary in 9 volumes and these provide amazing insight into the trials and tribulations of his life, we sincerely look forward to sharing that with people.” Said Dave Parkes
The family fun event will take place on the bank holiday Monday 30th May and will use the many original watercolours the Redfern created hoping they would be used to illustrate his book, to allow visitors a different perspective on the town and a chance to create their own works of art.
All the events run this year at Redfern’s Cottage are funded through their £643k grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the largest ever awarded to a project in East Staffordshire.
For more information please visit the Redfern’s Cottage facebook page, call in or ring up on 01889567176, opening times are 12pm-3pm Tues-Fri, 10am-1pm Saturdays.