Wimbledon School of Art's Principal 1964-1969
in the Theatre Department from 1952 until 1964, during which period he
became head of the department. He began working at Wimbledon as a part-time
lecturer in 1948, soon after graduating from the Royal College of Art.
A flamboyant character with excellent lecturing skills who still delivered
a series of lectures on Theatre History to first year students when Principal.
Bucknell's evocation of a Kabuki actor riding a horse unfailingly brings
an inner chuckle, so memorable to this day. However, his appraisals of
student work could at times be brutal as Martin Morley, a student at the
time when Bucknell was still Head of the Theatre Department, remembers:
"I could have done without the ritual humiliations that Bucknell
used to hand out at the group assessments, reducing many to tears, but
he could encourage, and when he did it was good."
format, 512 kb, 1 minute 09 seconds - Catherine
Negri (Richard Negri's eldest daughter) talking of Peter Bucknell's visits
to the Negri home.
in Principalian mode
As Oberon in an
end of year Wimbledon
production of A Midsummer's Night's Dream