PP/MEF/03/165 "View from Window of bedroom - Hotel Minos
The Founder of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust, Marjorie Franklin, was also the Honorary Secretary of the Q Camps Committee, which established the pioneering Hawkspur Camp in rural Essex in 1939. She was also a student of artist Arthur Segal. In April 1939 - less than a fortnight after Italy's invasion of Albania, and just under five months before Germany invaded Poland and Britain declared war - Marjorie was in Crete. The painting below, one of a number by Marjorie Franklin in the Archive and Study Centre's holdings, was begun on the future Queen Elizabeth's 13th birthday, one day after Adolf Hitler's 50th birthday. The inscription on the back - in the same handwriting in which Marjorie Franklin wrote many copious and urgent letters to Camp Chief David Wills at Hawkspur Camp over several years (letters which are also held at the Archive and Study Centre) - is difficult to decipher. The date is reasonably clear, as is "View from window of bedroom (11) Hotel", "Crete" and "showing harbour &". But what hotel, where, and also showing what? Is this a view recognisable today?