Peckover family descendant to give talk in Wisbech about supermodel mum who became war photographer

A DESCENDANT of the Peckover family is set to put a Wisbech audience in the picture about his mother who went from supermodel to celebrated war photographer.

An audio-visual presentation, entitled Lee Miller’s War, will be held at Wisbech Grammar School on Thursday October 7. It will be hosted by Lee Miller’s son Antony Penrose, who is the great-grandson of Alexander Peckover.

He will tell the story of how his mum became the only woman combat photographer and correspondent during the Second World War.

Ami Bouhassane, Lee Miller’s granddaughter, is the voice of Lee Miller in the presentation, which contains some images that may be disturbing. It is not recommended for children under 14.

Tickets for the presentation, which takes place in Wisbech Grammar’s Russell Hall, are now on sale at the school, costing �4 for adults and �2 for concessions. They will also be sold on the door.

Peter King, who edits the school magazine, said: “We will be hoping for a big audience as this is a completely one-off event. We have never had anything like this before.

“Antony is a really interesting character with a really interesting connection to the school. The connections he had when he was growing up are just amazing - as a child he went on holiday with Picasso.”

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The main school building, originally known as Harecroft House, was built for Alexander Peckover, who later became Baron Lord Peckover of Wisbech.

The family donated the house and its grounds to the fledgling Wisbech High School for Girls at the beginning of the 20th century.

Mr King said: “The presentation will be of interest locally and elsewhere. We are now keen to see it get the audience it deserves.”

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