The Art of Confinement
Cyril Harrington was born in Oldham, Lancashire in 1911, son of John Harrington, ironfounder, and his wife May (née Holme) who were married in Oldham in 1910. He is known for his association with the Clapham Art Group in North Yorkshire. Cyril served in the Second World War; he was taken prisoner at Dunkirk and incarcerated with, amongst others, Douglas Bader. During his internment, he kept a record of his impressions in a sketchbook, now held by the Museum of North Craven Life. After demobilisation, Cyril became head of art and architecture at Giggleswick School and on his retirement moved to Woodbridge in Suffolk. He died on 28 February 2009, aged 97.
The Art of Confinement is our new online exhibition, curated by volunteer Erin Dinnen, designed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day by exploring some of Harrington’s wartime sketches.