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TALK: Who was Arnold Freeman? (Part 1 of 2)

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The first 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 prominent and active member of the Anthroposophical Society and a key figure in organising Rudolf Steiner's visit to Oxford in 1923. 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 first part of a 2-part talk looks at Arnold Freeman’s early life and will attempt to trace his spiritual development from his upbringing in a non-conformist family, his interest in Christian Science and his involvement with an American Guru. During this period Freeman met Rudolf Steiner who made no impression on him and he continued to pursue his interest in other spiritual steams. He also pursued his work to transform the social conditions and educational opportunities for those less fortunate.

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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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