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TONY’S WAR by BRITTA VON ZWEIGBERGK

Tony's War By Britta Von Zweigbergk

BOOK DETAILS

CATEGORY: History / WW2 / Aviation / Biography
PAPERBACK: 270 pages
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN: 9781843862918
PUBLISHER: Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie (2007)
SYNOPSIS: Tony’s War charts the changing world of the early twentieth century. The prelude to conflict and the deprivations and difficulties that stemmed from it.

Emerging from the social fabric of pre war thirties London and a family at last reunited after being torn apart in earlier years through tragedy, Nita Howatson, drama student at the Italia Conti school met Slade Art student Tony Zweigbergk in Fitzrovia. Their subsequent love affair was set against a backdrop of trauma and conflict.
Squadron Leader of No.1 Squadron, Tony’s skill as a pilot earned him the DFC and a daring reputation as a fighter pilot of consummate skill, - with his Canadian fellow pilot ‘Moose’ Mossop, they made a formidable team with their sorties across the channel during 1943/4. Transferred to Squadron 245 in the last year or so of the war, he was part of the British Expeditionary Force that culminated in Germany’s defeat.

Geoffrey Wellum, author of ‘First Light’ reviewing ‘Tony’s War’ writes; ‘This well written, detailed and deeply researched book of the days leading up to World War 11 and of air operations of a Typhoon Squadron in the war itself is a work of exceptional authenticity and makes compelling reading’.


TONY’S PEACE by BRITTA VON ZWEIGBERGK

Tony's Peace By Britta Von Zweigbergk

BOOK DETAILS

CATEGORY: Biography /History /Aviation
PAPERBACK: 420 pages
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN: 9781843865360
PUBLISHER: Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie (2010)
SYNOPSIS: A sequel to ‘Tony’s War’ in which the social history of post WW2 years are explored, particularly the difficulties of returning to civilian life after the dangers of flying as a fighter pilot throughout the war.

Domesticity seemed very prosaic after living on the edge of possible death for so long and after losing so many friends and fellow pilots throughout the war years. It proved particularly difficult for Tony as domestic tranquillity continued to be an elusive goal.

Civil Aviation had its own challenges however and during the late forties and early fifties, helping newly independent nations like India and Burma to run their own airlines proved something of an interesting diversion for a time as did the success of Silver City Airways and its car ferry business. But although the war was over, conflict of a different kind,was not.

Reviews of ‘Tony’s Peace’ include:

‘This book is to be highly recommended, as much for its emotional and human content as for the vivid picture it paints of a nation recovering resolutely from the devastation of war’.



THE VILLAGE ON THE HEATH: A HISTORY OF BEXLEY HOSPITAL BY BRITTA VON ZWEIGBERGK AND MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

The Village On The Heath: A History Of Bexley Hospital By Britta Von Zweigbergk And Michael Armstrong

BOOK DETAILS

CATEGORY: Local / Asylum History
PAPERBACK: 390 pages
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN: 0954094719
PUBLISHER: Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
SYNOPSIS: The book was the result of several years hard work and research by Britta von Zweigbergk and Michael Armstrong and was published by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust in August 2004.

One readers review:

‘A warm and interesting history of a community’
‘This book, written by Britta von Zweigbergk and Michael Armstrong provides a
comprehensive, interesting and at times, amusing history of Bexley Hospital. It follows the hospitals development within the context of social changes to the mental health system, and looks at staff and patients and how they adapted to a particular way of life in the hospital. Britta von Zweigbergk worked as an art therapist within Bexley Hospital walls and her observations on the characters with whom she shared her time, bring the building to life. A fabulous book’.
- Mrs Whitton

Dr Dominic Beer in a foreword to the book writes;
‘This book will give the reader some valuable insights into the life of such an institution, and how we can learn from its history and where we go from here’.



CYNTHIA PELL - THE BEXLEY HOSPITAL DRAWINGS

Cynthia Pell - The Bexley Hospital Drawings

BOOK DETAILS

CATEGORY: Art
HARDBACK: 55 pages
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN: 0953591018
PUBLISHER: The Cynthia Pell Account (Evelyn Williams and Natalie Dower)
SYNOPSIS: Published in 2000 to accompany an exhibition of the Bexley Hospital Drawings, held at the Boundary Gallery, St. Johns Wood, London in the same year ‘In July 1999, three artists, Natalie Dower, Paula Rego and Evelyn Williams with Cynthia Pell’s sister Barbara arranged an exhibition at the Orleans House Gallery of all Cynthia’s then known work.

The exhibition and an accompanying book attracted much attention and a BBC
Womans Hour broadcast was heard by Britta von Zweigbergk, art therapist at Bexley Hospital. She had known Cynthia as a patient and a friend and had kept 122 drawings done by her during her four years as a patient up to the time of her death (1973-77).

This book is a companion to the earlier publication and as well as reproducing many of the drawings includes memories of Cynthia by those who cared for her while in Bexley Hospital, including Tom Owen, Brian O’Connor and Britta von Zweigbergk.

Jacky Mahony, former Professional Head of art therapy at Oxleas (1998-2003) has written:
‘..........drawing attention to an example of dignity given to intensely emotional and painful images. Two beautifully presented books give tribute to Expressionist painter Cynthia Pell (Dower and Williams, 1999/2000)

The second companion volume reproduces many of the drawings done by her when a patient in Bexley Hospital during the four years up to her death in 1977. The drawings were given to her friend and art therapist at the time Britta von Zweigbergk, who kept them. Through a series of co incidences Britta was recently instrumental in a retrospective exhibition of Cynthia’s work taking place at the Boundary Gallery and the subsequent publication of the book The drawings presented in such a way as to clearly convey that the work is valued’.
- (Jacky Mahony, Inscape 2/01/2008, ‘Three Commentaries, Looking eperience at three exhibitions’.)


LINKS TO BEXLEY HOSPITAL

www.bexleyhospital.co.uk

www.countyasylums.com

www.dartford.gov.uk

www.dartfordarchive.org.uk

www.simoncornwell.com

www.studymore.org.uk

www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

www.oxleasnhs.uk

maypolehistory.wikifounders.com/bexleyhospital

www.british-geneology.com

http:/pb.rcpsych.org (Kelly SJ 1997 The Bexley Hospital population nine years on . Psychiatric Bulletin 21,542-544

http://pb.rcpsych.org (Wolfson P,Paton C, Jarrett P 2002 Clinical Governance in the Asylum. Psychiatric Bulletin 26,430-432


JOURNAL CONTRIBUTIONS re the FOLKESTONE WRITERS GROUP
Folkestone Art Society: Autumn Journal 2011
FOLKESTONE ART SOCIETY

AUTUMN JOURNAL 2011

‘MEMORIES OF FOLKESTONE ART SCHOOL 1953-58’


In which the now long closed and gone art school is remembered with affection, particularly its close vicinity to Gales Cafe and its place as a centre of cultural and creative excellence in Folkestone. Led by Geoffrey Norden, John Eveleigh, Ralph Vickerman, Kevin Hennessey, Sally Browning and Sue Dewick these tutors inspired their group of students to draw and paint to the outermost limits of their abilities.. A short account of daily life at the art school.
FAScination
FAScination

Printed by Sandgate Printers and edited by John Sussams

In which
Members of FOLKESTONE ART SOCIETY talk about their lives and their Art

‘Out and About as Students’ By Britta von Zweigbergk


In which extra curriculum activities such as the sketch club run by John Eveleigh and various trips to Exhibitions, Galleries and Museums AND Saltwood Castle are described with the enthusiasm well remembered from those heady days.
Folkestone Art Society: Autumn Journal 2011
The FOLKESTONE 2014 ANTHOLOGY

Published by the Folkestone Writers Press and edited by John Sussams

ISBN 978-0-9551952-5-9

‘MY AUNT PADDY’ By Britta von Zweigbergk


An affectionate portrait of an aunt who was far from conventional and the difficulties in living with paranoid schizophrenia.
Folkestone Art Society: Autumn Journal 2011
The FOLKESTONE 2015 ANTHOLOGY

Published by the Folkestone Writers Press and edited by John Sussams

ISBN 978-0-9551952-6-6

‘Miss Gray’s Tea Rooms’


A brief autobiographical look at the trials and tribulations of youthful work experience before starting as a student at Folkestone Art School in 1950’s Folkestone.