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“Moved by the Spirit: The Friends Legacy”

“Moved by the Spirit: The Friends Legacy”

Venue: Cargo Fleet
When: 23/10/2015 – 27/11/2015
Admission: FREE

This exhibition of photography, by the Darlington Association of Photographers, launches with a Preview Evening on Friday 23rd October 2015, 5.30 – 7.30pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Preview, so please feel free to come along.

Admission is FREE and refreshments will be provided.

“Moved by the Spirit: The Friends Legacy”

The heritage of the “Quaker” (Society of Friends) work ethic is very prevalent in the North East of England, in particular in the towns of Middlesbrough, Stockton and Darlington. From the grid lined design of Middlesbrough Old Town to the grand architecture of civic, public and commercial buildings in the 19th Century, they heralded a new era of industry, philanthropy and commerce.

Not only were the Quakers in the forefront of the spiritual revival of the 19th century but were a catalyst in the establishment of non-secular activities, sports, civic responsibilities and social awareness.

This exhibition “Moved by the Spirit: The Friends Legacy” looks at the legacy of these founding fathers of the past centuries to the present day, in terms of architecture, sport, worship and leisure. In addition, some authors have chosen to celebrate personal achievements, local stars, public sculptures, railway heritage and civic buildings.

The word ‘Quaker’ is used synonymously with the Society of Friends and, as such, many unrelated enterprises have used the name Quaker as a business name. However, the influence and belief of these men carries on today, and may be seen by the rejuvenation of the three town centres, illustrated in this exhibition.

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