Cecil Thomas: Soldier Sculptor is a project which will focus on the personal wartime experiences of Cecil Thomas FRBS (1885-1976), one of the Society’s most prestigious members whose papers, including his unpublished autobiography, are held in our archives, and whose previous home and studio, Dora House, were bequeathed by Thomas to the Society in 1976.
The project will examine Thomas’s first-hand account of the First World War and his contribution to its successes and commemoration through a variety of activities that will explore and share his unique archive. In particular, through a series of workshops with war veterans, organised in collaboration with charity Stoll, it will explore how creativity can provide solace and a form of reflection and rehabilitation during and after the war, as it did for Thomas.
Funded by a National Lottery Heritage Fund First World War: then & now grant.
Image: Cecil Thomas outside Dora House c 1950's