The journey of these beautiful tiles started in July 1929 when the Havant War Memorial Hospital opened. Through the efforts of Havant citizens it was built in memory of those who lost their lives in WWI. In 1936 to honour King George V’s Silver Jubilee a children’s ward was added. The ward was decorated with 10 hand-painted Royal Doulton tile panels by William Rowe, depicting graceful scenes from children’s nursery rhymes. Sadly in 2011 the hospital closed, and efforts were made by dedicated local residents and associations to conserve these rare historical tiles having recently been restored at Heritage Conservation Ltd.
Supported by Havant Civic Society and the Friends of Havant Museum and Councillor Ray Bolton
The tiles will be displayed in the Sadler Gallery at The Spring from 6th August to 21th Oct 2013
A special day of celebration will take place on Friday 6th September from 12pm until 2pm. All are welcome to this special free event.
The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre has started a new campaign to help raise funds to exhibit Havant’s War Memorial Hospital Tiles
The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre in Havant has joined forces with the Havant Civic Society and the Friends of the Havant Museum in the next stage of the Havant War Memorial Hospital Tiles story.
The ten Royal Doultan tiles, which depict children’s nursery rhymes, were originally part of the children’s ward at the Havant Memorial Hospital. When the building was sold the local community banded together to save the valuable tiles. Now saved and restored the tiles are ready to be exhibited, but another problem has arisen.
Each of the ceramic tiles weighs over 40kg and as The Spring are planning to exhibit all ten tiles in the building’s gallery space, the arts and heritage centre needs to raise funds in order to display them safely in an exhibition that will run from August to October 2013.
Director of The Spring Sophie Fullerlove explains:
“These tiles are an important part of Havant’s heritage and we are in the last stages of planning a full exhibition of the tiles for the summer and autumn. The size and weight of each tile means we are having specially constructed plinths made along with professionally created signage. The exhibition will cost around £4500 and we need to raise this money quickly in order to ensure the tiles can be safely displayed.”
In order to raise the money The Spring has joined forces with Havant Civic Society and the Friends of the Havant Museum who are all working towards the project and helping to raise the money.
As part of the campaign The Spring has also arranged a new text messaging service so the public can donate on the move. Using Vodafone’s Just Text Giving Service supporters can now donate to the campaign by texting TILE01 and either 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 to 70070 to make their donation. This service is completely free to both the donor and The Spring, who receive 100% of the donation amount. Gift Aid can also be added to donations, making them go even further.
Or you can donate by clicking on the Book Now button below and make payment via the Hampshire County Council website (the money all comes back to The Spring). Please note that you are not booking for an event or reserving a space by doing this – you are simply making a donation to help display the tiles safely.