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No Sign of Canals on Mars

The Illustrated Travel Diaries of Eileen Burke

Event details

16 March 2018 to 10 June 2018

National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port

Shropshire Union Canal

Address

National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port

South Pier Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 4FW

From 1960 to 1979, Eileen Burke created 23 illustrated travel diaries with her friend Flo Boyde while touring in their car and cruising the River Lee and the River Stort with their boat, the 'Lillian Maud'. 

The diaries are a unique example of leisure as documented by a keen amateur photographer and artist. Inspired by these diaries, Tim Daly, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chester, has produced a book: "No Sign of Canals on Mars", which includes reproductions of Eileen Burke's watercolours, drawings and excerpts from her diary pages. The exhibition celebrates the 'thingness' of the diaries especially their handmade contents and Eileen's formidable making skills.

Entrance to the exhibition is included in the National Waterways Museum admission price

No Sign of Canals on Mars