Ref NoNM/N/5
TitleMadge Atkinson's visit to South Africa
Extent1 scrapbook and 2 files
DescriptionIn 1937 a student of Madge Atkinson and Natural Movement, Nancy Watson-Morris, introduced Natural Movement to South Africa and taught the method there herself. In 1938, August-October, Madge Atkinson travelled to Capetown to visit the Watson-Morris School and to give lecture-demonstrations whilst on a tour of the country. Watson-Morris organised the tour and appeared as one of the demonstrators for Atkinson in her lecture-demonstrations.

The scrapbook contains newspaper articles, letters of acceptance to attend lectures or luncheons (one is from the Mayor and Mayoress), publicity for lecture-demonstrations, programmes for performances, letters of thanks from those who attended, pages from a diary kept by Atkinson recording her trip, cards from different places Atkinson visited, pages from the Cape Times magazine section 10 September 1938 (oversize, stored separately), and a black and white photograph - property of Watson-Morris, of Atkinson and Watson-Morris with a class of small children.
Loose material is stored in a separate envelope.

Kept with the scrapbook is a card and a letter regarding a visit Atkinson made to Class 5A Courthouse School, Maidenhead, in 1964. The letter mentions wooden animals that Atkinson took with her.

Also menu cards from the Union-Castle Line ships that Atkinson took to and from Africa (13 cards); the front of the cards are decorated with colourful paintings of birds or flowers.
CodePerson NameDates
DS/UK/P3147Atkinson; Madge (1885-1970); dance practitioner1885-1970
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