Iron Man Records is working with the artist Flinton Chalk of the band TC Lethbridge, to produce a series of limited edition 50cm x 70cm Lithographic Prints. Each run of 111 Prints will be signed and numbered and hopes to raise vital funds for the Project to Uncover Ancient Hill Figures on Wandlebury Hill, Cambridgeshire.
Flinton’s band TC Lethbridge took their name from Thomas Charles Lethbridge (23 March 1901 – 30 September 1971), better known as T.C. Lethbridge, who was an English archaeologist, parapsychologist, and explorer.
TC Lethbridge was a specialist in Anglo-Saxon archaeology, he served as honorary Keeper of Anglo-Saxon Antiquities at the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology from 1923 to 1957, and over the course of his lifetime wrote twenty-four books on various subjects, becoming particularly well known for his advocacy of dowsing.
Born in Somerset to a wealthy family, Lethbridge was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, during the course of which he attended an expedition to Jan Mayen island, becoming part of the first group to successfully climb the Beerenberg. After a failed second expedition to the Arctic Circle, he became involved in archaeology. In his capacity as Keeper of Anglo-Saxon Antiquities at the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Lethbridge carried out excavations at various sites around Britain.
TC Lethbridge’s claims regarding the existence of ancient hill figures on Wandlebury Hill in Cambridgeshire caused significant controversy within the archaeological community, with most archaeologists believing that Lethbridge had erroneously misidentified a natural feature. Lethbridge’s methodology and theories were widely deemed unorthodox, and in turn he became increasingly critical of the archaeological profession. The area of Wandlebury Hill has been described as a neolithic ritual landscape.
Lithographic Print 1 will be Ford Timelord by Flinton Chalk
Size 50cm x 70cm
Printed on 170gsm Munken Kristal Smooth True White paper, because there’s a K in Kristal.
Taken before he sold the car to Jimmy Cauty of KLF, the photographs are by Flinton Chalk.
Ford Timelord will return to working in the ritual landscape, raising essential funds for the Project to Uncover Ancient Hill Figures on Wandlebury Hill. These pictures have never been seen before. Iron Man Records has gone to extraordinary lengths to find, recover and present these photographs to you after many years work. The Lithographs will be printed to the highest standards for Iron Man Records by Mission Print, Birmingham.
Would you like to own one of these limited edition Prints? You have three options.
1. Become an Iron Man Records Patron and you will have the chance to request a Print as an instant reward, with a Free TC Lethbridge album download code, as soon as the Lithographs are ready. Once you become a Patron, or if you are already a Patron, you can leave a comment confirming your request beneath the relevant post on the Iron Man Records Patreon page. Or you can message me via Patreon.
2. If you don’t want to do the Patron thing, you must seek out a copy of any TC Lethbridge book. The book can be Hardback or Paperpack, Brand New or Used in good condition. Send it to Iron Man Records, PO Box 9121, Birmingham, B13 8AU. Include your name and full postal address, a note to confirm the Lithograph you want, and I will send you the requested Print as a Swap. And when I mention TC Lethbridge here, I mean the Author after whom the band took their name.
3. If you don’t want to do either of those two things, I might put a few prints up for Sale at £23.00 each in the Iron Man Shop and also on Bandcamp….but only if the number of Iron Man Records Patrons reaches 150.
To be clear: All funds raised will go towards the Project to Uncover Ancient Hill Figures on Wandlebury Hill, Cambridgeshire. There’s a lot of work to do, but the Limited Edition Lithographic Prints will not be for sale.
Flinton Chalk says:
“I’ve just had a positive meeting at Wandlebury regarding the hill figures project. We discussed the possibility of constructing a viewing platform close by in an adjacent wooded copse overlooking the site. This adds an experience to the spectacle. To make the project viable, the involvement of local community groups would be essential, including the formation of a volunteer team to assist in maintaining the figures. I will now attempt to galvanise the Cambridge arts scene to assist me in producing an encompassing proposal which explores public engagement with the project. I’ll keep you informed on progress. With deepest appreciation for the ongoing support of all Iron Man Records Patrons, I shall be working tirelessly on their behalf to realise our vision.” Awl love, Flinton.
There will only be 111 Lithographic Prints in each design. There are 125 Iron Man Records Patrons. First come, first served. The Prints may only go on sale once Patrons number 150, and only if there are any left to offer. You can never have enough confusion.
I may give a few copies to Flinton himself and to John Higgs. I like giving Flinton and John more things to do, like they haven’t got enough to do already. It is the Apocalypse after all. But it’s important to involve them. John Higgs wrote the book on all this, and Flinton Chalk is the Artist. If anyone has any better ideas please let me know, other than that, look out for the Transvestite Pirate Nuns….Do what you will. We have Ancient Hill Figures to uncover and Ford Timelord has returned to work. Come and join us.