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Out of the ashes


A Martin Brothers tile showing a dragon

After the disastrous fire at the Cuming Museum, in south London, in March, there had to be a hurried change to the programme. “Baptized by flame” was the unfortunate title of a storytelling performance linked to a temporary exhibition on the ceramics of the Martin Brothers. Now it is simply billed as “the marvellous melancholy of the Martin Brothers”. Southwark councillor Veronica Ward says that it’s important for the programme to go ahead, despite the “awful fire”, and a new venue has been found for the 16 May event. Meanwhile the Martin Brothers gallery has not even been entered by staff since the fire over a month ago, because of the dangerous condition of the building. We can only hope that the Cuming will rise like a phoenix.

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