DescriptionThe Eagle and Child pub and St Giles Cafe. The Eagle and Child is a pub in St Giles', Oxford, England which is owned by St. John's College, Oxford. The pub had been part of an endowment belonging to University College since the 17th century. It also has associations with the Inklings writers' group which included C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams and Hugo Dyson. The Inklings fondly called the pub The Bird and Baby. The original sign now hangs in C.S.Lewis' home on Kiln Lane.From late 1933, the Inklings met on Thursday evenings at Lewis's college rooms at Magdalen, where they would read and discuss various materials, including their unfinished manuscripts. These meetings were accompanied with more informal lunchtime gatherings at various Oxford pubs which coalesced into a regular meeting held on Mondays or Tuesday lunchtimes at the Eagle and Child, in a private lounge at the back of the pub known as the Rabbit Room.The formal meetings ended in October 1949 when interest in the readings finally petered out, but the meetings at the Eagle and Child continued, and it was at one of those meetings in June 1950 that C.S. Lewis distributed the proofs for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.The membership of the Inklings changed over the years, Tolkien, for example, drifting away from the meetings in the late 1950s, but Lewis was a central figure until his death in 1963. The Eagle and Child was modernized in 1962, with the pub being extended to the rear. The Rabbit Room's former privacy was inevitably destroyed leading to the group's reluctant change of allegiance to the Lamb & Flag at the other side of St Giles.
Michelle Lambert Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement My photography attempts to combine my love of traveling and photography by capturing the essence of different cultures and their unique beauty. Each country I have visited has its own mannerisms, architecture, and color of life. It is these differences that so fascinate me, and I can not help but get excited whenever I get to capture these differences on film... or more currently, on digital film. I have been to Ireland, Scotland, Italy, France, and Germany, and lived in England with my husband for a time. It is our hope that we can one day live there again. How I miss being able to hop on RyanAir and go to Paris for the weekend!