It is with regret that the ZGTF trustees record the death of three staunch supporters: Professor Vincent Shacklock, Jane Fawcett and Tony Carter.
Professor Shacklock, a distinguished academic, who died earlier this year, was principal of Lincolnshire College of Art & Design (later part of Lincoln University) at the time Zibby Garnett was the administrator of the Historic Decorative Crafts, and took a leading role in encouraging her husband to set up the charity in her memory. He was a founder trustee and subsequently appointed as a Patron of the ZGTF in 2008.
Jane Fawcett MBE, who died aged 95 in May 2016, played a key role at Bletchley Park in the sinking of the German battleship, Bismarck, in May 1941. After the end of the War, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music, although she had to give up her singing career in order to devote more time to her young family. In 1963, she joined the fledgling Victorian Society as its secretary and for the next 15 years was at the forefront of the Society’s struggles to raise awareness of the value of Victorian architecture and design, and particularly the battle to save St Pancras and its neo-Gothic Midland Hotel from the modernisers of British Rail. Jane Fawcett was a long-serving Patron of the charity.
Tony Carter, a trustee of the charity since 2014, and principal of the City & Guilds Institute, died in November 2016. Born in Barnsley in 1943, Tony studied fine art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where he worked with Richard Hamilton at a time when Hamilton was making the north-east one of the most exciting places to study art in Britain. Moving to London to establish himself, Carter exhibited at a number of shows, including the Anthony Stokes Gallery in Covent Garden and a one-person show in 1983 at the Serpentine Gallery. Subsequently he was appointed Henry Moore Artist Fellow at Kettle’s Yard and Christ’s College, Cambridge. He taught for many years at Norwich School of Art, at Camberwell, and finally at the City & Guilds where he became successively Head of Fine Art and then, for 14 years from 1998, Principal.
Martin Williams, chairman of the trustees of the Zibby Garnett Travel Fellowship said: “Both Fawcett and Shacklock gave the charity a good deal of unobtrusive support and encouragement—particularly in its early days. Tony Carter was the very best sort of trustee: reserved but with firm views always articulated in the most courteous and thoughtful way. He is missed by all of us.”