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TALK: Arnold Freeman – The Visionary With His Feet On The Ground (Part 2 of...

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The second part of two talks by Kenneth Gibson, exploring the life of Arnold Freeman (1886 -1972). Freeman was a prominent and active member of the Anthroposophical Society and a key figure in organising Rudolf Steiner's visit to Oxford in 1923.

Arnold Freeman was a scholar, writer, philosopher, anthroposophist, adult educator, actor, director, Fabian Socialist, Labour Party candidate and co-founder of The Golden Blade. He was Warden of the Sheffield Educational Settlement during the first half of the 20th century and worked tirelessly to improve the life experience of ordinary people, through education, theatre and a variety of social projects.

For most of his working life he was involved in educational and social reform and forged contact with many leading figures in the political, social and cultural life of this country, including George Bernard Shaw, Sidney and Beatrice Webb and Annie Besant.

This second lecture looks at the period after the First World War when Arnold Freeman was appointed Warden of the Sheffield Educational Settlement and his growing commitment to Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy.

It is not necessary to have attended the first of these two talks to gain benefit from this second part.

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Kenneth Gibson began his professional life at the age of 16 as a merchant seaman, this was followed by a spell working on the North Sea Oil Rigs and cooking on a passenger ship on the Rhine. In his early 20s he joined the British Army and trained as a paratrooper. He left the army in the mid 1970s and worked in Germany for 10 years where he discovered Anthroposophy after a conversation with a Eurythmist on a train. This brought him back to England where he did a Foundation Year at Emerson College and later studied as a mature student at the Nottingham Trent University gaining his PhD in seventeenth century Apocalyptic thought. He worked at the University of Derby for 17 years and for 5 years at Crossfields Institute. He is now attempting to be and artist and performer and is studying the visual arts and sculpture at Emerson College, alongside learning story telling, clowning, the piano, singing and guitar.


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