Exhibition draws on work of calligrapher Tom, 92

A map of Mull.
A map of Mull.

A Northumberland calligrapher celebrated his 92nd birthday in January and now an exhibition to mark his work is taking place.

The showcase of Woodhorn-based Tom Fleming’s work is taking place at the Lindisfarne Heritage Centre on Holy Island until the end of September.

Tom Fleming. Picture by Manny Lang.

Tom Fleming. Picture by Manny Lang.

It will include works produced from the mid 1930s to the 2000s including drawings from the Second World War, works produced while Tom worked as a mining surveyor at Lynemouth Colliery from the 1950s until 1979 and from more recent years since his retirement

Also on display will be his popular calligraphic maps and his unusual lettering on shells and stones, sometimes so small it is amazing that he could manage to write on them at all and that they can still be read today.

Copies of some of the maps and other works and an illustrated publication about Tom Fleming and his work – 32 pages including 28 colour and seven black-and-white illustrations – will be on sale, all for £5 or less, as will his War Diaries from 1940 to 1946.

Tom Fleming has been one of the North East’s leading calligraphers for the last 40-plus years and has also played a major part in promoting both the practice and understanding of calligraphy through his teaching and the Society of Northumbrian Scribes, of which he was a founding member, former chairman and president.

Tom’s work includes wedding invites and anniversary congratulations, awards of the freedom of towns to army, air force and naval units, town twinning scrolls, testimonials and church histories summed up in a list of their ministers.

Tom is represented in the collections of HM the Queen, HM King Harald V of Norway, Trinity House in Newcastle, US First Lady Rosalynn Carter and local authorities, army, naval and air force units and families across the country and further afield.

The exhibition is open daily from 10am until 5pm. Last entry to exhibition areas is 4.15pm.

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Tickets cost £3 for adults, £1 for children between the ages of five and 15 or £8 for families (two adults and three-plus children). Under fives go free.