Lives Less Ordinary at St Barbe

Date Posted: 09/10/2014

Lives Less Ordinary, a new exhibition running at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington from 15th November until 10th January, celebrates the lives of nearly 30 local residents who made a mark both close to home and nationally.

The exhibition provides a chance to discover more about this eclectic mix of people whose exploits and influence and vision brought them to prominence or notoriety on the New Forest coast and beyond.

These range from GO Smith (1872-1943), the David Beckham of his day, captain of the England football team and every schoolboy's idol, to religious cult leader Mary Ann Girling (1827-1886), founder of a sect called The People of God, also known as the New Forest Shakers.

Other people of note featured in the exhibition include: occult novelist Dennis Wheatley (1897-1977) and Arthur Philip (1738-1814), who originally founded the colony of New South Wales, and was the beginning of what would eventually become the nation of Australia.

Students are entitled to a discounted entry rate.

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Pictured: Sir Ben Ainslie, courtesy of Royal Lymington Yacht Club.

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