The Friends of Stockwell War Memorial & Gardens are to hold a week-long exhibition in April to mark the centenary of the war memorial’s Grade 2 listed clock tower and to recalling its history and significance.
The clock tower was erected in memory of the over 570 local men who died in the 1914-1918 War. A vast crowd attended the unveiling on 3 May 1922 by Princess Alice, the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria. The restrained classical design by a young Lambeth architect, Frank T. Dear, won a Royal Academy competition.
Stockwell War Memorial: A Centenary Exhibition will focus on the themes of Remembrance, Community and Renewal. It covers both the memorial building and the two other structures on the site. One is the World War Two rotunda – an entrance to the deep-level air raid shelter below. The other is the Bronze Woman statue (by Ian Walters and Aleix Barbat), which celebrates the contribution of the Afro-Caribbean community to London. Taken together, all three structures remind us that Remembrance includes both the men listed as well as the forces of history that shape communities and forge links between them.
The exhibition will be at St Michael’s Church, Stockwell Park Road, London SW9 0DA.*
*By kind arrangement with Stockwell Parish.
Dates and times
Saturday 30 April 11am–4pm
Monday 2 May 5–7pm
Tuesday 3 May 2–4pm
Wednesday 4 May 5–7pm
Thursday 5 May 5–7pm
Friday 6 May 5–7pm
Saturday 7 May 11am–4pm
Note: The exhibition is not open on Sunday 1 May.
ENTRANCE IS FREE
Are you a relative?
The Friends of Stockwell War Memorial & Gardens would like to hear from the families of men remembered on the Memorial. If you are related to someone named on the panels, and you have not previously come forward, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Naomi Clifford co-edits the website vauxhallhistory.org and chairs the Friends of Stockwell War Memorial & Gardens. As Naomi Lourie Klein she is the author of These Were Our Sons: Stories from Stockwell War Memorial (2010).