Art for All: Thomas Horsfall’s Gift to Manchester

Elizabeth Redgrave, White Goosefoot and Grayling butterfly, 1806-89Great Tit watercolourManchester Art Museum

A film produced with children from St Augustine’s CE Primary School in Harpurhey, Manchester.


This film has been made to highlight nature in the city of Manchester.

It focuses on Harpurhey, where the Manchester Art Museum first opened in 1884.

Thomas Horsfall said ‘to love beauty is to see it almost everywhere’. Here we can see the pupils from St Augustine’s CE Primary School responding to their local area, weaving flowers into fencing, making nature sculptures in the park and creating the emotive soundtrack that provides the backdrop to the film. The words you can hear the children speaking are an excerpt from the poem Maud by Alfred Tennyson:

'Tis a morning pure and sweet,
And a dewy splendour falls
On the little flower that clings
To the turrets and the walls;
'Tis a morning pure and sweet,
And the light and shadow fleet;
She is walking in the meadow,
And the woodland echo rings;

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