Alan Bowness (2)

I was intrigued by a picture of Alan Bowness posted yesterday in twitter which showed him standing alongside John Summerson, who I recognised and Norman Reid, who I didn’t (see attached). Summerson had married Hepworth’s sister and Bowness one of her triplet daughters. It led me to a recording of Bowness describing what he thought he was like as a museum director (https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/alan-bowness-on-the-role-of-the-museum-director), presumably drawn from a much longer interview. It is characteristically diffident, describing himself as better as teacher and preacher than museum administrator. No bad thing.

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