Enhancing the College Hall Memorial Window to honour the names of the fallen via a series of bronze plaques beneath this magnificent First World War memorial in the Arts Centre of Christchurch.
The College Hall Memorial Window in the Arts Centre of Christchurch is currently under restoration due to the Canterbury earthquakes of 2011. The window was dedicated in 1938 to the memory of the staff and students of Canterbury College who fell in the First World War.
The site of the Arts Centre of Christchurch was the home to Canterbury College, the School of Engineering, the School of Art, and Christchurch Boys’ High School during the Great War. Christchurch Girls' High School had also been located on the same site prior to the Great War. In all, 235 staff and students from these five educational establishments co-located on the site of the current Arts Centre died in the First World War.
The names of the fallen from these establishments are not currently formally memorialised in College Hall, and so this project will research, commission, mount and dedicate a set of five bronze plaques listing these precious names. The plaques are planned to be installed in existing niches under the Memorial Window, and will commemorate the service and sacrifice in the Great War.
An artist’s impression of the plaques installed beneath the College Hall Memorial Window is shown.
The Arts Centre of Christchurch is one of the most significant clusters of heritage buildings in New Zealand. An internationally renowned centre for the arts, culture and creativity, the Arts Centre is currently closed to the public due to earthquake damage. There is major work currently happening to progressively re-open the site, with one of the world’s largest heritage restoration and strengthening programmes underway to restore and transform these distinctive Gothic Revival buildings.