Who we are

clarencelogo4We are a group of academics, researchers, archaeologists and art-lovers linked by a respect for Clarence's life achievements and output. Our not-for-profit activities are designed to bring Clarence to the attention of a wider public, initially in France, Italy and the U.K. and later Europe-wide. This web site and the Clarence Bicknell Association are the first steps in a process which should culminate in Europe-wide exhibitions, one or more books and TV documentaries in 2018, the centenary of his death. Is he a forgotten Renaissance man of the 19th century? Is he a great archaeologist or botanist? Was he an outstanding exponent of arts and crafts? You decide.

Most of the officers of the Clarence Bicknell Association were elected at the first General Meeting of the association (consult the minutes here) on 17th May 2014 in the Museo Bicknell in Bordighera, Italy, and two others have joined us since...        

Chairman Marcus Bicknell Clarence relation, researcher, member of the board of SES in Luxembourg and of other companies in media and technology. Student of all things Clarence and webmaster of this site. Based northwest of London, UK
Vice-Chairman Graham Avery Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, and Honorary Director-General of the European Commission, Brussels. His interests include archaeology, mountain-walking, botany, researching and writing on those topics. Based Oxford
Treasurer Vanessa Bicknell Runs a self catering apartment, massage therapist, and spiritual and small business life coach. From July 2018
Secretary Susie Bicknell Writer, researcher. Based northwest of London, UK
Committee member Christopher Chippindale Archaeologist, writer, researcher. Based Cambridge
Committee member Alison Lester Clarence relation, writer, based in Droitwich UK. 
Committee member Renchi Bicknell
Artist in Glastonbury
Committee member Helen Blanc-Francard Writer, researcher, garden expert. Based north of Paris.
Committee member Titus Bicknell Exhibitions, conferences, new media professional, Washington DC. From January 2015. http://www.titusbicknell.com/

We greatly regret that co-founder Valerie Lester, author of MARVELS - The Life of Clarence Bicknell (2018) and other books died on 7th June 2019. Her daughter Alison, also a writer, agreed in 2020 to take her place and was co-opted to the committee.

You can read complete biographies of these association officers, complete with photos, in the second half of the minutes. Others expertise that we lack (partly), and where we would be grateful for offers of help are a) international art exhibition budgeting, logistics and management, b) writing of applications for EU funding, c) cultural TV documentary programme producers in various European countries.

Your first point of contact is Marcus Bicknell, Chairman
Homefarm Orchard, Threehouseholds, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks HP8 4LP
Phone +44 1494 872751 mobile +44 7748 111444 email info(at)clarencebicknell.com, skype mbicknell.

Please contact Marcus Bicknell at testmail with your suggestions and expectations. He and the Association will keep all parties informed of the response and the specific plans as they develop. Since there is growing interest in Clarence Bicknell in the United Kingdom, France and Italy, activities will be promoted and conducted in several countries, and as far as possible in English, French and Italian. However, the scope of the initiative is not limited to these countries, and participation is invited on a worldwide basis.

Your participation in the Association is invited (see membership application form and payment methods on this web site).


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