Two more talks showcasing Lyons story

The Dolls at Home � The Estate of Edward Bawden
The Dolls at Home � The Estate of Edward Bawden

After extremely popular talks showcasing the Joe Lyons story and Art in the Lyons Teashops by Neville Lyons, Towner is hosting second showings.

On Saturday, August 31, the second showing of the Joe Lyons Story takes place at Towner where Neville Lyons will talk through the remarkable story of his relative Joe Lyons, who out of humble beginnings created the world’s first food empire.

As part of ‘The Lyons Teashops Lithographs: Art In A Time Of Austerity’ exhibition, Neville will present the story from 1887 to the 1990’s, beginning when Joe co-founded a company to sort out the indifferent catering at national exhibition halls of the late Victorian era.

The presentation includes archival photos and goes on to explain that Joe Lyons was a born entrepreneur but had no previous experience of the catering industry.

From small beginnings, the company progressed into catering for the general public and the rest, as they say, is history.

Neville is also returning to show ‘Art in the Lyons Teashops’ for a second time on Saturday, September 7, at 5pm. He Lyons will describe how the lithograph project was conceived, managed and publicised.

He will display high quality image reproductions of most of the lithographs and give an insight into the background of each of the artists, many of whom became household names.

Following both the talks, visitors can take a look at The Lyons Teashop Lithographs exhibition. Exhibition entry is £5.50 for adults, £4 for concessions and free for Towner members.

Post-war British artists including Edward Bawden, John Piper, David Gentleman, John Minton, William Scott, Duncan Grant, John Nash and L S Lowry form part of The Lyons Teashops Lithographs: Art in a Time of Austerity.

The exhibition celebrates Towner’s collection of the complete set of 40 lithographs commissioned by catering giant J. Lyons & Co. to combat the wartime decline in the interiors of their famous Lyons Teashops, compounded by a post-war lack of decorating materials.