Hutchuinson Square Internment Camp Artists

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Reference WMO/264388


Hutchinson Square Gardens


Isle of Man

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Iron
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Maybe not really a war memorial as no-one died, but is included in the IWM Register. Stainless Steel plaque, and explanatory metal notice board
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Stainless steel plaque-Hutchinson Square-Internment Camp/The 1st year students of the Isle of Man College National Diploma in Art/and Design, have undertaken a project to commemorate the artists who/were interred on the Island in 1940, as part of 'Douglas in Bloom'./During the Second World War there were ten civilian internnment camps/on the Island which housed many aliens, who had been arrested/throughout Britain when Churchill ordered the police to "collar the lot!"./Hutchinson camp, which compromised of the square and the adjoining/terrace on Broadway was remarkable in that it held a high proportion of/artists, intellectuals and musicians and many lectures took place in the/summer sunshine on the lawns./Famous visual artists such as the collagist, Kurt Schwitters were/interned here along with expressionist Ersch Kahn. The members of/the world famous Amadeus String Quartet first met each other there,/Rawice and Landauer, the popular piano duo were reunited after the/camp commander Captain Daniel succeeded in pulling strings./Once again, Captain Daniel made every effort to supply artist materials/as could be scraped together. Artists like Fred Ulman, Ludwig Meifner,/Ernst Blendorf, Helmuth Weisenborn, Fritz Solomonski, Arthur/Segal, Henry de Boys Roessingh, Peter Fleischmann (Midgeley), Paul/Helmann, Hermann Fechenbach and others unnamed benefited from his/good will towards those people who had fled oppression in their own/countries./A series of ornamental tiles, all designed and made by Isle/of Man College Manx art students, are positioned in Hutchinson/Square gardens in memory of these people and the dark times that/they lived through

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