Museum's sculpture going off on its travels as part of exhibition

Jeni Harvey

ONE of the best-known sculptures at Rotherham’s Clifton Park Museum, The Sentry, is set to go on loan to Museums Sheffield and Norwich Castle Museum to feature in the new exhibition Restless Times: Art in Britain 1914-45.

The Sentry, a First World War bronze maquette by Charles Sargent Jagger, from Kilnhurst in Rotherham, will form part of the Experiences of War section of the exhibition. Cultural services manager for Rotherham Council, Elenore Fisher, said: “The maquette has been well loved by many visitors to the museum and it’s good to know that one of Rotherham’s treasures will be appreciated outside the local area.”

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Created in 1921, the First World War soldier was a trial version for the memorial at the Britannia Hotel in Manchester. Jagger used his own experience during the war and his ability as a sculptor to create a number of high-profile memorials including the Royal Artillery Memorial in Hyde Park, London.

Ms Fisher added: “The piece will make a fantastic addition to the exhibition. It’s great to see one of Rotherham’s many treasures bringing enjoyment to so many people.”

The collection is at the Millennium Gallery, Museums Sheffield, from October 6 until January 30 and in Norwich from February 19 until April 24 2011.