Todmorden Information Centre’s December exhibition commemorates the life and work of Jack Taylor MBE, founder chairman of the TIC Trust, who died two years ago.
The exhibition refers to Jack’s war service and his 45 years as an architect in Todmorden. The emphasis, however, is on Jack’s contribution to the set-up and running of Todmorden TIC with pictures and captions of the 1988 opening ceremony with John Kettley; of Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson, one of Todmorden’s Nobel Prize winners at the 1993 “Making of Todmorden” exhibition in the Town Hall and references to many of the initiatives led by Jack and his TIC colleagues over the last 25 years.
Heather Wilson said: “We remember how Jack was always driven by concern for Todmorden’s heritage and future prosperity and his boundless energy and enthusiasm infected many who shared his interests. Two years have passed since his death and we thought that this exhibition would be an opportunity to remember Jack’s contribution to the town.”
Jack Taylor’s last exhibition project was a major undertaking. He led a small committee which gathered information, archive material and pictorial items to present the achievements of the Bayes family. Originating in Todmorden in Victorian times, the artist Alfred Bayes and his wife Emily (Fielden) had four children who all became important artists in their own fields.
The exhibition was presented at Todmorden Community College in May 2008, later in the Todmorden Library and the Information Centre itself. Interviewed by the Todmorden News, Jack said that, now in his 80s, it may be the last large-scale exhibition he would be involved with but presenting a Bayes family exhibition had been his long-held ambition.
A selection from that exhibition is presented alongside the Jack Taylor commemoration materials throughout December at the TIC.