Arts & Artefacts
Arts & Artefacts
Sheringham Town Council are proud to be the owners of a truly unique artwork and furniture collection.
Amongst the collection are two 2nd World War Home Front Savings Campaign plaques manufactured in 1943 and 1944 from ivory coloured, moulded Bakelite.
In addition, the Council owns a number of works by Thomas William Armes (1894-1963) born in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, who later settled with his wife Myra in Sheringham. The works include a town plan illustrated with vignettes of local sites of interest, another depicting a street plan of Sheringham and two poster designs named ‘Twixt Sea and Pine’ and ‘The Slipway’.
Further artwork includes 20th Century portraits of Miss G C Huntley – Headmistress of Sheringham Secondary Modern School; and a ‘Councillor of the town’ by D T Katman. We also have a Frederick Bacon Barwell oil on canvas named ‘A Sheringham Fish Auction’ which depicts fisherman Mr C E Grice, who can be seen tapping two pebbles to confirm that the final bid on a lot has been placed and the fish sold.
Sheringham Town Council also has a remarkable collection of furniture which is used regularly by members at Council meetings. The majority of this furniture is late 19th/early 20th Century and formed of oak.
Finally, Sheringham Town Council is in possession of a mid-20th Century Grant of Armorial Ensign which was presented to the Urban District Council of Sheringham – dated 28th October 1953. This piece is hand painted vellum and bears the coat of arms and town motto (Mare Ditat Pinusque Decorat – ‘The sea enriches and pine adorns’) together with the seals of Sir Arthur Steuart Cochrane – Officer of Arms at The College of Arms, Sir George Rothe Bellew – Herald at The College of Arms and Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston – Officer of Arms at The College of Arms. It is housed in a glazed rectangular tambour-fronted roll-up case.