‘War is …’ exhibition features prestigious artwork

Published Friday, 10th November 2017
Prestigious painting loaned to Museum
Colonel Norton and Cllr Yasseen admire the painting

On Saturday (11 November) a new exhibition will be opening at Clifton Park Museum to coincide with Remembrance Day.

The exhibition centres on Eve of the Battle of the Somme by Sir Herbert James Gunn RA, which has been loaned to the museum by the Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation.  

The painting captures the abandon and exhilaration of young men swimming and relaxing - in stark contrast to the next day, when some 20,000 soldiers were to die in the first offensive of the Somme, including many members of the famous Pals Brigades of the York and Lancaster Regiment. 

The exhibition, which looks at the effect of war on people and how they coped with it, also displays poems by three soldier-poets of the York and Lancaster Regiment, who died on the same day. Also on show is one of the iconic sculptures inspired by the war, The Sentry by Rotherham-born Charles Jagger.  

Cllr Taiba Yasseen, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Working and Cultural Services, who is also Cabinet Member responsible for Armed Forces, said: “It is a great honour to have this acclaimed painting loaned to us ahead of Remembrance Sunday, and I hope many residents will take the opportunity to visit the Museum and view this striking artwork.” 

The exhibition was launched by Colonel Geoffrey Norton (retired) and Cllr Yasseen (pictured).

Clifton Park Museum is host to the York and Lancaster Regimental Museum which covers the history of the Regiment. It also features the Regiment's forebears, the 65th and 84th Regiments of Foot. The Museum’s displays include uniforms, weapons and equipment from all periods of the Regiment's history. 

Visit the exhibition and see what you think ‘War is’. The exhibition runs from 11th November 2017 to 10th November 2018 in the York & Lancaster Museum, at Clifton Park Museum. Admission is free. 

Museum opening times: 

  • Mon-Fri 10:00am to 5:00pm
  • Saturday 9:30am to 5:00pm
  • Sunday 1:30pm to 4:30pm (April to September only) 

Last entry is 30 minutes before closing.