Broadwell Memorial Hall
Broadwell Memorial Hall - photo taken in August 2008.
The interior of Broadwell Memorial Hall showing the Proscenium and Pillars made by the Italian Prisoners of War. The Lyre originally had a painting of a rising sun behind it with rays emanating outwards.
Does anyone recall the painting or know of any other artefacts relating to the time spent by the P.O.W.s in the Forest?
Above: The restored stage area after the Memorial Hall Committee restored it in 2015.
The artist was Tom Cousins.
Laura Porciani added (Nov 2008): "mio padre Bruno
Porciani ex POW campo 61, ha disegnato e diretto i lavori per il restauro
per l'interno del Teatro e organizzava spettacoli.
Nella sua agenda scrive, 28 febbraio 1945. Prima di George and Marg. al Memoriall hall. Riuscita. Chi mi sa dire qualcosa di piÃ¹? Ci ha foto o testi scitti? Grazie. Plaura"
Thanks also to Zena M.J. Mills who added (July 2009): "The land on which the Memorial Hall was built was donated by my Great Grandfather, Amos William Martin Brown. Amos Brown lived in Wynolds Hill House untill his death in 1929".
Left: Press cutting from the Gloucester Citizen 29/3/1921
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