Let me briefly introduce myself
. . .
I was born Maureen Lilian Westmoreland,
at my grandparents home at 38, Londsborough Road, Scarborough on 23 October
I attended Miss Webster's Norton House private school
for a year before moving to St Martins Cof E primary school
On passing my 11+ in 1954 I entered Scarborough Girls'
I was a shy, introverted and asthmatic
child so you probably didn't notice me at school.
Getting away from home was a great
help and I came out of my shell at training college (1961-64 Avery Hill,
London). I even sang and played the guitar publicly! I became
known as Mo to my friends at this time.
I taught Maths, first at Abbey Wood School in London,
in later years at Elton Secondary School, Bury, Lancs.
I married Frank, a Croat, in Greenwich
on April Fools' Day 1966. He died in 2017.
We have three sons: Nicholas is
in America, Alexander is nearby in Lincoln, and Jonathan is in London after
5 years in Perth, Australia.
Alexander has given us our two grandaughters,
Lauren, born in April 1999, and Rosie, born on my birthday in 2014.
We have lived in many places: London;
Calgary [Alberta, Canada]; Olean [New York, USA]; Lexington [Kentucky,
USA]; Bury, Manchester back in England; and now in Lincolnshire.
Along the way, being a glutton for punishment, I gathered
a few degrees.
I am now a lecturer in the History
of Art, mainly to Lifelong Learners. I also teach some Sculpture,
Drawing and Painting.
In my first life I was mathematically
and scientifically orientated, dropping 'History' at school as soon as
I could, probably because of a very boring teacher (naming no names). I
am still very interested in scientific discovery and I like to think that
the logical and rational approach of the mathematician remains with me,
despite now being an art historian.
Academic background of this lifelong
How do I come to be doing this web
site? I was daft enough to criticise the previous one!
I had taught myself to do web design
by creating four earlier websites, two for genealogy (I am a member of
the Guild of One-name Studies), one for the village in which I was living,
and one for my husband's retirement interests (primarily breeding and training
labradors, to which I am allergic!)
PhD (History of Art: Iconography)
The Open University, 1995
MA (History of Art) University of
BEd (Art Studio, Art History) University
of Calgary, 1977
Teachers' Certificate (Mathematics
and Art; Secondary level) Avery Hill College, London,1964
A-levels (Mathematics, Further Mathematics,
Physics) Scarborough Girls' High School, 1961
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