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Stories from the Archive

Working in the Henry Moore Archive often uncovers fascinating stories about the artist's life and work.

Archive 30 2021: Favourite Items

Our Archive team choose their favourite items from the collections under their care

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Christmas Fun, 1932

'Tis the season for theatrical japes!

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Suits you, Sir!

Licensing Henry Moore's Three-Quarter Figure to Alexander McQueen

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Archive Textiles

Did you know that we have a large number of textiles in our collection at the Henry Moore Archive?

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Erasmus Prize 1968

Grayson Perry has become the second British visual artist to win the Erasmus Prize since Henry Moore in 1968

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Walter Buckley Pearson

Walter Buckley Pearson (1878-1963) was former Head of Drawing and Painting Department at Leeds School of Art (1905-1921). It was during his time in this post that Pearson taught Henry Moore, as well as other notable artists such as Barbara Hepworth.

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Harlow Family Group questionnaire: can you help us?

We are collecting memories about this work which has been synonymous with Harlow New Town for over 60 years.

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Mrs Tinsley: Administrative Professionals Day 2019

Betty Tinsley was secretary to Henry Moore for thirty years, from 1956 until his death in 1986. 

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Henry Moore and Nuclear Energy

This British Science Week we are looking at one of Moore's sculptures in the light of the nuclear age.

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Henry Moore and Stephen Spender

Sir Stephen Spender was born 28 February 1909. Today would have been his 110th birthday. 

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Henry Moore in Florence

15 February 2019

The most significant solo exhibition of Henry Moore's lifetime - still one of the biggest ever Moore exhibitions - was held in Florence in 1972.

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Henry Moore and Apple Trees

28 September 2018

Apple trees are an important feature at the Henry Moore Foundation in autumn, and were a great source of inspiration for Moore.

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Yorkshire Day: Castleford Through the Ages

1 August 2018

To mark Yorkshire Day this year, we'd like to share this gem from our Archive: a Castleford Secondary School Concert programme from December 1912.

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Henry Moore and Elmwood

26 April 2018

In his lifetime Henry Moore completed fifteen Elmwood carvings, ranging from the earlier smaller pieces such as Hole and Lump, to the monumental Reclining Figures of the post-war period.

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Henry Moore and the First World War

29 November 2017

During World War One Henry Moore served with the 15th (County of London) Battalion London Regiment, also known as the Prince of Wales Own Civil Service Rifles. He voluntarily joined the Battalion in February 1917 at the age of 18 and a half.

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Henry Moore and Foundries

Thursday, 23 November 2017

For the vast majority of his career, Henry Moore collaborated with foundries in order to cast his bronze sculptures.

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Henry Moore and Old Flo

Monday, 23 October 2017

With Henry Moore's Draped Seated Woman, known to all as Old Flo, returning to London, we wanted to share a gem from our Archive collection with you.

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Henry Moore and Harlow New Town

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

2017 is an important year, as not only does it mark the 40th anniversary of the Henry Moore Foundation, but also the 70th anniversary of Harlow as a New Town.

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Henry Moore's birthday and the Archive

Sunday, 30 July 2017

The Henry Moore Archive is currently undergoing a move. Another move.

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Henry Moore and the Festival of Britain

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

2016 marks the 65th anniversary of the opening of the Festival of Britain. Our Archive team take a look at Moore's links with the Festival.

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Fragment Figure

Friday, 8 April 2016

April sees the opening of an exciting new exhibition of Henry Moore's plaster sculptures in Wuppertal, Germany.

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A'a from Rurutu

17 March 2016

Henry Moore was an avid collector of sculpture and artefacts from other countries and cultures. His home, Hoglands has several of these objects on display, including a copy of a magnificent wood carving of the god A'a.

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Henry Moore in Spain

2 February 2016

We are delighted that the latest leg of the exhibition of Henry Moore sculpture touring Spain, sponsored by Fundación 'la Caixa', has just been unveiled in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia.

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New Archive building at Elmwood

8 January 2016

The start of the New Year heralds exciting changes for the Henry Moore Archive at Perry Green.

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Henry Moore's gift to Castleford

7 December 2015

With the season of gift giving upon us once again, this month's story looks back to the gift Henry Moore gave to the people of Castleford.

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6 November 2015

Now that our visitor season has closed we are sadly saying goodbye to Henry Moore's white marble sculpture Archer. We have been lucky to have the work on loan from the Didrichsen Museum of Art and Culture, Helsinki, Finland.

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Henry Moore and Photography

9 October 2015

October sees the start of the Henry Moore and Photography exhibition at Wolfson College, Cambridge.

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Henry Moore and Table Tennis

10 September 2015

September marks the beginning of the European Table Tennis Championships, to be held at Ekaterinburg, Russia.

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Château Mouton Rothschild Wine Bottle

6 August 2015

Here's one of the more unusual items we have in the Archive at Perry Green - an unopened bottle of red wine.

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Henry Moore's Parkhill Road Studio

2 July 2015

The Archive at Perry Green contains a wealth of information and images relating to Henry Moore. It also holds images of artworks created by other artists who were inspired by Moore.

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Installing Sculpture

21 May 2015

Our Image Archive collection contains thousands of photographs of Moore's artworks, but also a vast collection of images of the works being installed, both at Perry Green and on exhibition.

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Sculpture in the Landscape

27 March 2015

This month's Archive Story shows a series of images of Moore's sculptures in different landscapes; from the striking architecture of Hong Kong to the radiant botanical gardens of Denver.

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5 February 2015

The Archive Team has selected a series of objects to form its own digital cabinet of curiosities, in celebration of the Gagosian Gallery exhibition, Henry Moore: Wunderkammer - Origin of Forms.

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New Year in the Studio

8 January 2015

"Happiness is to be fully engaged in the activity that you believe in and, if you are very good at it, well that's a bonus."

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Christmas Gifts

Friday, 12 December 2014

Seasonal Greetings from the Archive at Perry Green.

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Henry Moore and The Guinea Pig Club

11 September 2014

In 1961 Henry Moore exhibited some 57 sculptures at Marlborough New London Gallery. These works were shown in aid of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

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Tour de France

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Henry Moore cycling in the countryside.

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Transformation drawings - a working process

19 July 2014

Four of Moore's 'transformation drawings' are on show at the Henry Moore Institute exhibition, D'Arcy Thompson's on Growth and Form, until 17 August.

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Finding Friendship: Moore and Sainsbury

20 May 2014

Finding Friendship in the archive - by Museum Studies MA students.

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