Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Tradition and the new Museum

I’m still unpacking my stock for the new soldier museum here in central Italy and have found in this last week a whole host of Tradition magazines, which were printed in the 1970’s when I was the General Manager of the famous shop in London’s Piccadilly, and also many of the print ‘run ons’ of the glossy plates in Tradition have also seen the light of day for the first time in twenty five years.

When at Tradition under the guidance of Roy Maitland and Alec, his sidekick, I learned the craft of soldiers and militaria which enabled me later to open my own shop Soldiers’ Soldiers in Lambeth south east London, near the Imperial War Museum. When Soldiers closed, the remaining stock was put into store, and now, some twenty years later, is being unpacked to stock the shelves of the new museum. www.soldierssoldiers.com/museum.htm.

When will I have the pleasure of your company? Here in Umbria we have a proverb that says ‘a stranger is a friend as yet unmet’, and I look forward to welcoming all of you soon.