A272, An Ode to a Road (Ticketed)

Wednesday 28 June 2017
Talk begins at 6.30. Refreshments from 6pm.

The talk

In 1966 Pieter Boogaart visited Great Britain for the first time, as a student of English. He and his future wife were immediately infected with Anglophilia, and it was then that Pieter fell in love with the A272 in particular. As a man of letters he engaged in a thorough exploration of the A272 area when he, retired, had more time on his hands. It resulted in 2000 in a quirky book to his own design, full of all sorts of facts and observations, and many pictures. It became popular, and is now in its seventh print. The talk will cover the making and the updating of the book, with its problems and joys.

The speaker

Rita Boogaart is a versatile art historian, who designed and lectured in her own courses for adult education and was a tutor at the Open University until her official retirement. She organised the Addenda for her husband Pieter’s book A272 and together with him wrote Curiosities of Bedfordshire and three Journals for the Folly Fellowship, called Follies in France I, II and III. She has written many articles for the FF Magazine, which she also formatted, and manages the FF’s Picture Library. She still lectures about art and follies.

Participant information

Upon arrival please come to the main museum entrance, where you will be directed to the talk location.

Talks start at 6.30pm, last for about 1-1½ hours. There will be tea, coffee & cake available between 6.00pm-6.30pm. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.


£14 per person, £10 for Museum Members, £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers.

Please note Members and volunteer discounts are applicable using a code which you may enter at point of checkout. You may be asked for proof of status before being admitted so please bring your Museum badge or Membership number with you.



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