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Every Cloud - The 250th Anniversary of the birth of Luke Howard (1772 – 1864)

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Every Cloud - The 250th Anniversary of the birth of Luke Howard (1772 – 1864)

Time: January 12, 2023 at 9am to March 26, 2023 at 7pm
Location: Bruce Castle Museum
Event Tag: exhibition, running, until, 26, march, 2023
Posted By: Bruce Castle
Latest Activity: Mar 24, 2023

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Event Description

Luke Howard classified nine types of clouds.

Nine artists celebrate the life and work of the Namer of Clouds

  • Tam Joseph  
  • Andrew Miller  
  • Doodlegänger  
  • Gabriela Schutz  
  • Helen Currie  
  • Kerry Duggan  
  • Lisa-Marie Price  
  • Mary Yacoob  
  • Siân Dorman 

Original artefacts and some beautiful new acquisitions associated with Luke Howard from Bruce Castle Museum and Archive’s collections will also be on display.

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Comment by Sapphireblue on January 28, 2023 at 1:40

I was previously facilitator of Highgate Poets - a group of poets f...  See the poem below.

I still have copies to sell if you're doing an event.  email me at


I'm a performance poet (Anna Meryt) and organise poetry performances in North London.  You can look me up on Google. 

titled The Man Who Named The Clouds.

Vicky Olliver


The Man Who Named The Clouds

At a time of empire,
high seas and slavery,

Luke Howard of Tottenham,
preferred to look up,

sought the beauty of the clear blue sky,
pondered on the cause of rain,

watched as clouds formed

on the vast sky-canvas over London,
then caught them with a name:
cumulus, stratus, cirrus, nimbus.

Heaps, layers, wispy curls,
cauliflowers, cotton wool balls,
crystals made of ice.

He classified the ephemeral,
categorised the ever-shifting,
organised the constantly-changing.

Quaker, chemist, a family man,
but clouds were his first love.

Luke Howard, meteorologist, 1772 -1864, lived at Bruce Grove, Tottenham.


Comment by Sapphireblue on January 28, 2023 at 2:01

Some of that got lost somehow.  This anthology was the 28th published by Highgate Poets, a group of poets who had been meeting since 1977, who were from all over North London.  The group was closed at the beginning of the pandemic after a 46 year run.

I facilitated this active group for 5 years and three of us put together and edited this anthology.  The cover is of a painting by a local Crouch End artist - Alan Lancaster of a scene from Primrose Hill. We decided to feature Vicky Oliver's poem The Man Who Named The Clouds, in the anthology title.  I still have copies available to sell.

Anna Meryt



Comment by Bruce Castle on January 29, 2023 at 15:12

Rather belated response, thank you Anna for posting. At the Museum we don't get any notifications of messages on our listings, so I am sorry i hadn't seen your message until now. I will email you separately this week. Thank you once again - looks very promising to add to a future event. 

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