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Lunchtime Talk: Unsurpassed Genius – Godfrey Sykes’ Groundbreaking Designs

Wed 11 September 2024 , 1pm-1:45pm

Weston Park Museum

Imagine what it was like to be invited to lead the decorative design team for the South London Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum), which was founded in 1852.

 

This was the task assigned to Godfrey Sykes (1824-1866), assistant master and former pupil at the Sheffield School of Design.  

Hear how Sykes had already had a successful career in Sheffield as a designer and a painter of local industries and landscapes before being approached by the South London Museum, and how several others from the Sheffield School of Design became part of his London team.  

Sykes is probably best known in Sheffield today through the terra cotta column to his memory in Weston Park, which was designed by one of his students and London colleagues, James Gamble. 

This event is part of our programme for Heritage Open Days. 

 

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