Blue plaque for Glenside Campus to honour war artist

Issue date: 26 April 2010

The Blue Plaque commemorating Sir Stanley Spencer Wednesday 28 April 2010 UWE Glenside Campus 12.30

A blue plaque will be unveiled at the Glenside Campus of the University of the West of England on Wednesday 28 April in memory of the time war artist Stanley Spencer spent working there as a medical orderly during the First World War.

The plaque will be unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Christopher Davies, at 12.30 and the event will also be attended by Professor Steve West, UWE Vice- Chancellor; Professor Paul Gough, UWE Pro Vice-Chancellor, war artist and Stanley Spencer expert and John Williams from Bristol City Council Museums and Archives who is Co-ordinator of the Blue Plaque scheme.

John Williams said, “Glenside is an historic building and Sir Stanley Spencer's involvement is now becoming more widely known. The Blue Plaque recognises his unique achievement as one of Britain's great 20th century painters and his memories of the city of Bristol and his time at the Beaufort Hospital. It complements the good work being done by volunteer staff in the nearby Glenside Museum.”

Professor Paul Gough has written a book about Stanley Spencer and cites him as a key inspiration for his own output he said, “It's fitting that Spencer's time at what is now the Glenside Campus of UWE is marked in this way. Tending for the wounded and the sheer bustle of the vast military hospital in Bristol had a lasting impact on Spencer, and led directly to his extraordinary murals for the Burghclere chapel – one of the unsung glories of Northern Europe.”

Paul Gough's book 'Stanley Spencer: Journey to Burghclere' was published in 2006; his new book on Great War art 'A Terrible Beauty' has just been published.

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