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Teracotta bust of Alan Teulon MBE donated to museum.

Published: Wednesday, 26 June 2024

Friends and family of Alan Teulon gather with museum staff to mark the occasion of the donation.

Friends and family of Alan Teulon gather with museum staff to mark the occasion of the donation.

A terracotta bust of Alan Teulon MBE, created collaboratively by sculptor Jon Edgar and Teulon and McGill families has joined our sculpture collection.

On Tuesday 25th June a notable acquisition joined our sculpture collection. A terracotta portrait bust of Alan Teulon MBE, created collaboratively by sculptor Jon Edgar and Teulon and McGill families in 2005 during a sculpture workshop at Jon’s studio. Alan was seated on a raised rotating chair while three generations of his family, under Jon’s guidance, worked to form Alan’s likeness. Jon says: ‘I was surprised at the observation and emotional content of what we created and deduced that we all had strong positive connections with the sitter which allowed something so meaningful to develop’.

Alan Teulon, a chartered Land Surveyor, became Northamptonshire County Council's Head of Countryside Services in 1974. His mission was to develop countryside access for all in a county furthest from the sea and where there was little public access. Setting up country parks, Brampton Valley Way and pocket parks required much collaboration between many organisations to accomplish the mission of a countryside for all. Alan collaborated closely with the Countryside Commission who provided funding for some of the projects including an outstanding Ranger Service who worked closely with the community.

The Teulon family have chosen to donate the sculpture now to coincide with Alan’s 90th birthday on 21st June. We would like to thank them all for this donation and thank Alan for all his wonderful contributions to the County. We are delighted to add this work to the collection, along with a carved chestnut sculpture ‘Freeform’ created by Jon Edgar when he was still living in Northampton.