News Column

Striking exhibition on inventor of the match

May 7, 2014

AN exhibition on Stockton's most famous inventor has opened at Preston Park Museum, in nearby Eaglescliffe.

The story of Stockton chemist John Walker, who invented the modern friction match, is on display.

The exhibition is based onSara Maitland's book Instant Light, a mythical tale about Walker and his invention.

Visitors can learn about both the fictional story in the book, and the real history of the invention in the new exhibition, which will be displayed in an oldfashioned market stall.

There will also be a chance to meet the John Walker character on Saturday and on May 17 and 24.

Stockton Council's cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture, Councillor Ken Dixon, said:

"The Instant Light story brings to life Stockton's involvement in the invention of the friction match.

"It really captures the imagination, weaving a fictional tale of a relationship between Walker and a visiting circus performer, with the true story of Walker's worldchanging invention."

The exhibition will be at Preston Park until Sunday, June 1 and will then be on display in the Rediscover Stockton Shop, in Stockton High Street.

Copies of Instant Light are available for [pounds]5 from the Rediscover Stockton Shop or from Preston Park.

The book is illustrated by Robert Dunn.

For more stories covering arts and entertainment, please see HispanicBusiness' Arts & Entertainment Channel

Source: Northern Echo (England)