This book of drawings by Garth England is part of the Future Perfect
programme and was published in April 2016. It is co-edited by Future Perfect curators Jes Fernie and Theresa Bergne.
Garth England was a long-term resident of Hengrove and Knowle-West in south Bristol; Murdered with Straight Lines tells the poignant story of a childhood lived through a world war and its aftermath; the development of Britain's Welfare State and social housing provision; vernacular architecture, indoor toilets and fitted kitchens.
The drawings were discovered by Jo Plimmer, engagement curator of Future Perfect, when she visited Hengrove Lodge as part of the public engagement programme. Garth died in 2014 but he knew of our plans to publish his drawings and gave us his blessing. The title of the book is a reference to the response that his teachers had to his drawings.
The book is designed by Polimekanos and funded by the Hengrove Arts Fund and the Hengrove Neighbourhood Partnership.
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Here's what people are saying about it:
'What an amazing project...very timely words about the dismantling of our welfare state. I urge anyone with an interest in the birth of British modernism and the welfare state to buy it. It's a delightful, poignant and salutary reminder of the beauty to be found and cherished in the everyday'.
Director of Design, Exhibitions & Future Plan, Victoria and Albert Museum
'It's an extraordinary social document, so rich'.
Nick de Klerk, architect, London
'It is absolutely gorgeous, I can't get my nose out of it'.
Shumi Bose, architectural writer, tutor and co-curator of the British Pavilion, Architecture Biennale, Venice 2016
'The whole collection is remarkable. It's incredible how he held an almost perfect sense of proportion in his mind - I loved it'.
Tom Grieve, HAT Projects
'An extraordinary book of drawings'
David Knight, DK-CM Architects
'Really fascinating and moving'.
Vicky Richardson, ex-director of Architecture, British Council
'This is great, and moving. Garth England: the milkman who drew Bristol from memory'
John Harris, journalist, writer & critic
'It's not just a book but a whole life'.
Jane Somerville, Bristol resident
'What a legacy for Garth. I'm sure he would have really liked it and be proud to see his name on the front of a published book of his drawings. I could not put it down when I received it this morning. I read it all the way through'.
R Bill Roberts, Hengrove resident