A Box Of Wittgensteins

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01The Palais Wittgenstein2008121420100102
20140323 (BBC7)

The first object out of the box takes Margaret back to a soiree in Vienna in 1895.

The great-niece of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Margaret Stonborough, talks to the artist and historian Michael Huey as she delves into six boxes of newly-inherited family archives. As she digs deeper into the talented but tortured lives of the Wittgensteins she finds her cramped London house becoming ever more crowded with her larger-than-life forbears.

The first object out of the box takes Margaret back to a soiree in Vienna in 1895 at the palatial house of an Austrian steel magnate, Karl Wittgenstein. He was the father of eight children including Ludwig the philosopher, Paul the left-handed pianist and Margaret's own grandmother, who was painted by Gustav Klimt. As the family gathered for the evening, records show that the composer Johannes Brahms arrived at the Palais Wittgenstein.

The readers are Sarah Finch, Nicholas Rowe and Dan Starkey.

The great-niece of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Margaret Stonborough, talks to the artist and historian Michael Huey as she delves into six boxes of newly-inherited family archives and investigates the lives of her talented, but tortured, forbears.

The first object out of the box takes Margaret back to a soiree in Vienna in 1895 at the palatial house of an Austrian steel magnate, Karl Wittgenstein, father of Ludwig and Margaret's own grandmother.

01The Palais Wittgenstein2008121420100102
20140323 (BBC7)

The first object out of the box takes Margaret back to a soiree in Vienna in 1895.

The great-niece of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Margaret Stonborough, talks to the artist and historian Michael Huey as she delves into six boxes of newly-inherited family archives. As she digs deeper into the talented but tortured lives of the Wittgensteins she finds her cramped London house becoming ever more crowded with her larger-than-life forbears.

The first object out of the box takes Margaret back to a soiree in Vienna in 1895 at the palatial house of an Austrian steel magnate, Karl Wittgenstein. He was the father of eight children including Ludwig the philosopher, Paul the left-handed pianist and Margaret's own grandmother, who was painted by Gustav Klimt. As the family gathered for the evening, records show that the composer Johannes Brahms arrived at the Palais Wittgenstein.

The readers are Sarah Finch, Nicholas Rowe and Dan Starkey.

The great-niece of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Margaret Stonborough, talks to the artist and historian Michael Huey as she delves into six boxes of newly-inherited family archives and investigates the lives of her talented, but tortured, forbears.

The first object out of the box takes Margaret back to a soiree in Vienna in 1895 at the palatial house of an Austrian steel magnate, Karl Wittgenstein, father of Ludwig and Margaret's own grandmother.

02The Moody Genius2008122120100109
20140330 (BBC7)

Margaret Stonborough investigates the life of her great-uncle through the family archive.

Margaret Stonborough, the great-niece of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, talks to artist and historian Michael Huey as she delves into six boxes of newly-inherited family archives. As she digs deeper into the talented but tortured lives of the Wittgensteins she finds her cramped London house becoming ever more crowded with her larger-than-life forbears.

At the end of the First World War, letters and artefacts show that the surviving Wittgensteins were attempting to pick up their lives but they are rarely far from tragedy. Within a few years, the family history of suicide loomed over them once again.

The readers are Sarah Finch, Nicholas Rowe and Dan Starkey.

A few years after the end of WWI the family history of suicide once again loomed large.

Within a few years of the end of WWI the family history of suicide once again loomed large

The great-niece of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Margaret Stonborough, talks to the artist and historian Michael Huey as she delves into six boxes of newly-inherited family archives and investigates the lives of her talented, but tortured, forbears.

At the end of WWI, letters and artefacts show that the surviving Wittgensteins were attempting to pick up their lives. Within a few years, however, the family history of suicide loomed over them once again.

02The Moody Genius2008122120100109
20140330 (BBC7)

Margaret Stonborough investigates the life of her great-uncle through the family archive.

Margaret Stonborough, the great-niece of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, talks to artist and historian Michael Huey as she delves into six boxes of newly-inherited family archives. As she digs deeper into the talented but tortured lives of the Wittgensteins she finds her cramped London house becoming ever more crowded with her larger-than-life forbears.

At the end of the First World War, letters and artefacts show that the surviving Wittgensteins were attempting to pick up their lives but they are rarely far from tragedy. Within a few years, the family history of suicide loomed over them once again.

The readers are Sarah Finch, Nicholas Rowe and Dan Starkey.

A few years after the end of WWI the family history of suicide once again loomed large.

Within a few years of the end of WWI the family history of suicide once again loomed large

The great-niece of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Margaret Stonborough, talks to the artist and historian Michael Huey as she delves into six boxes of newly-inherited family archives and investigates the lives of her talented, but tortured, forbears.

At the end of WWI, letters and artefacts show that the surviving Wittgensteins were attempting to pick up their lives. Within a few years, however, the family history of suicide loomed over them once again.

03The One Handed Pianist2008122820100116
20140406 (BBC7)

Paul Wittgenstein aimed to continue as a pianist despite losing an arm in the war.

The great-niece of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Margaret Stonborough, talks to artist and historian Michael Huey as she delves into six boxes of newly-inherited family archives. As she digs deeper into the talented but tortured lives of the Wittgensteins she finds her cramped London house becoming ever more crowded with her larger-than-life forbears.

Margaret uncovers details of the life of her great uncle Paul Wittgenstein who, after the First World War, was determined to continue his career as a concert pianist, despite the loss of his right arm.

The readers are Sarah Finch, Nicholas Rowe and Dan Starkey.

Paul Wittgenstein aimed to continue as a pianist after losing an arm in battle.

The great-niece of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Margaret Stonborough, talks to artist and historian Michael Huey as she delves into six boxes of newly-inherited family archives.

As she digs deeper into the talented but tortured lives of the Wittgensteins she finds her cramped London house becoming ever more crowded with her larger-than-life forbears.

Paul Wittgenstein was determined to continue as a pianist after losing an arm in WWI.

The great-niece of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Margaret Stonborough, talks to the artist and historian Michael Huey as she delves into six boxes of newly-inherited family archives and investigates the lives of her talented, but tortured, forbears.

Margaret learns about the life of her great uncle Paul Wittgenstein who, after WWI, was determined to continue his international career as a concert pianist, despite the loss of his right arm.

03The One Handed Pianist2008122820100116
20140406 (BBC7)

Paul Wittgenstein aimed to continue as a pianist despite losing an arm in the war.

The great-niece of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Margaret Stonborough, talks to artist and historian Michael Huey as she delves into six boxes of newly-inherited family archives. As she digs deeper into the talented but tortured lives of the Wittgensteins she finds her cramped London house becoming ever more crowded with her larger-than-life forbears.

Margaret uncovers details of the life of her great uncle Paul Wittgenstein who, after the First World War, was determined to continue his career as a concert pianist, despite the loss of his right arm.

The readers are Sarah Finch, Nicholas Rowe and Dan Starkey.

Paul Wittgenstein aimed to continue as a pianist after losing an arm in battle.

The great-niece of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Margaret Stonborough, talks to artist and historian Michael Huey as she delves into six boxes of newly-inherited family archives.

As she digs deeper into the talented but tortured lives of the Wittgensteins she finds her cramped London house becoming ever more crowded with her larger-than-life forbears.

Paul Wittgenstein was determined to continue as a pianist after losing an arm in WWI.

The great-niece of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Margaret Stonborough, talks to the artist and historian Michael Huey as she delves into six boxes of newly-inherited family archives and investigates the lives of her talented, but tortured, forbears.

Margaret learns about the life of her great uncle Paul Wittgenstein who, after WWI, was determined to continue his international career as a concert pianist, despite the loss of his right arm.

04The Survivors20090104
04The Survivors20090104
04 LASTThe Survivors2009010420100123
20140413 (BBC7)

Margaret discovers documents which stir memories of her talented but difficult family.

The great-niece of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Margaret Stonborough, talks to the artist and historian Michael Huey as she delves into six boxes of newly-inherited family archives and investigates the lives of her talented, but tortured, forbears.

Margaret and her brother, Jerome Stonborough, discover documents which stir childhood memories of their talented, stylish but difficult family.

Margaret discovers documents which stir memories of their talented but difficult family.

Margaret and her brother discover documents which stir childhood memories of their talented, stylish but difficult family.

04 LASTThe Survivors2009010420100123
20140413 (BBC7)

Margaret discovers documents which stir memories of her talented but difficult family.

The great-niece of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Margaret Stonborough, talks to the artist and historian Michael Huey as she delves into six boxes of newly-inherited family archives and investigates the lives of her talented, but tortured, forbears.

Margaret and her brother, Jerome Stonborough, discover documents which stir childhood memories of their talented, stylish but difficult family.

Margaret discovers documents which stir memories of their talented but difficult family.

Margaret and her brother discover documents which stir childhood memories of their talented, stylish but difficult family.