United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

BIRMINGHAM GAS DEPT - ALLEGORY

Our Ref: 17374

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Address

BRITISH GAS SOCIAL CLUB
WOODACRE RD
ERDINGTON
WEST MIDLANDS
England
 
Type:Allegory (eg: Victory)
Other Location Details:

IN THE GROUNDS OF THE CLUB

OS Map Ref:SP 190 110

Previous Locations

AddressDate MovedReason for Move
COUNCIL HOUSE
EDMUND ST
BIRMINGHAM
WEST MIDLANDS
England
UNKNOWNMEMORIAL ORIGINALLY STOOD IN THE GAS OFFICE BUT IT WAS MOVED WHEN THE MUSUEM AND ART GALLERY WANTED TO TURN THE ROOM INTO AN EXHIBITION AREA. MEMORIAL WENT INTO STORE BEFORE BEING MOVED TO ITS CURRENT SITE

Inscription

TO THE / GLORIOUS MEMORY / OF / THE MEN OF THE / BIRMINGHAM / GAS DEPARTMENT / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN / THE GREAT WAR / 1914 - 1919 AND 1939 - 1945 / (NAMES) / LET THOSE WHO COME AFTER SEE TO IT THAT THEIR NAMES BE NOT FORGOTTEN

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
PEDESTALSTONE - HOPTON WOOD2200MM  Good
SCULPTUREBRONZE1400MM  Good

Physical Description

HOPTON STONE PEDESTAL SURMOUNTED BY A BRONZE FIGURE OF BRITANNIA. INSCRIPTION ON THE FRONT OF THE PEDESTAL. SEALED WITHIN THE MEMORIAL ARE NEWSPAPERS AND SCROLLS

BRITANNIA HOLDS (THE LITTLE NIKE OR) VICTORY IN HER RIGHT HAND AND IN HER LEFT SHE HOLDS THE PALMS OF VICTORY AND THE ROSARY OF REMEMBRANCE

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

WarFirst World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died0
Is this an exact count?Not known
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial?None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No
WarSecond World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died0
Is this an exact count?Not known
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial?None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read?No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

BRITISH GAS

Maintenance History:

1999: MEMORIAL DUE TO BE REFURBISHED AND SUITABLE REPLACEMENT FOR FIGURE CONSIDERED.

1994: BRONZE FIGURE OF BRITANNIA WAS STOLEN SHORTLY AFTER IT WAS MOVED TO THE CURRENT LOCATION

UNKNOWN: WHEN THE MEMORIAL WAS MOVED FROM THE COUNCIL HOUSE THE SCROLLS AND NEWSPAPERS WERE REMOVED AND CONSERVED AND RE-GILDED BEFORE BEING RE-SEALED WITHIN THE WORK.

Ceremonies

Date:19TH NOVEMBER 1921
RolePerformed By
Unveiled UNKNOWN

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type: Corporate, Other
Did this include a trust or scholarship?No
Did this include a roll of honour?SCROLL
If so, where is it?

INSIDE THE MEMORIAL

Cost of Site:#550
Cost of Memorial:Not known
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
H H Martyn and Co.Founder/Foundry
WALTER HENRY GILBERTDesigner
LOUIS WEINGARTNERArtist

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

'Evening Mail' 28 Oct. 1999

Comments: 
Photographs:None
Other Documents:None
Form / Letter:O
Negatives:No
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
Publications:1
Press Cuttings:1
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
Public Sculpture of Britain  Birmingham including Sutton Coldfield (1998) pp.156-7