Robert Aickman centenary

To mark the centenary of acclaimed British horror writer Robert Aickman the museum hosted a series of events celebrating his strange and spooky work – just in time for Halloween.

Aickman is widely regarded as England’s most accomplished writer of the supernatural in the 20th century. He was also an active conservationist, environmentalist and campaigner for the preservation of the inland waterways. The preservation of the Kennet and Avon Canal, in which he took special interest and visited regularly in the 1950s, would not have been possible without his efforts.

Ringing the Changes – a dramatization of Aickman’s most famous short story – was presented by the Halfpenny Theatre Company on three nights in late October. A honeymooning couple arrive at a remote East coast town on a gloomy October night. They bicker, they squabble: clearly things are not well between them. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it is tonight that all the church bells ring. But it’s when they finally stop that the nightmare begins! The story was dramatized by director Colin Barnes and the Halfpenny Theatre Company generously offered their services for free.


The cast of ‘Ringing the Changes’