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Mackworth Memorial Sculpture to Conflict

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a memorial sculpture to conflict at Mackworth, Derby
Setting Memorial Military Dignitaries Clergy
Dedicationl Salute Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Last known location:
Prince Charles Ave
Nearest postcode:
DE22 4BG

SK 32501 36933 ±5m
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Location details:
The memorial is on the north side of the road opposite the public library.
Overall type: Sculpture Overall condition: Incomplete


A public sculpture comprising a group of three oblique truncated obelisks fabricated from pre-weathered steel. Each obelisk bears a frieze of contrasting metal containing an image of peace: greeting hands and a dove of peace. The obelisks are positioned such that at 11am in November, they cast the number 11 on the ground.


Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Obelisk Steel c2500 c2600 c950 Incomplete
Obelisk Steel c2150 c1700 c950 Incomplete
Obelisk Steel c2050 c1700 c800 Incomplete
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Peace Totals
Action Unspecified
Number died 0 0
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 0 0
Custodian: Derby City Council

Local authorities:
From 1997: The unitary authority has been Derby City Council.
History and Conservation
2015: The memorial was designed by artist Peter Maris with the help of local schoolchildren and after consultation with local residents. It cost £18000 and was funded by contributions under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 from the sale of the former Derby College site and the Radbourne Lane development.

October, 2017: The construction of the memorial generated controversy from local residents.

10th November, 2017: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was newly erected but lacked the image friezes. This was because the artist was seriously ill and had been unable to complete them.

Summer, 2018:The friezes were completed by a different artist.

6th October, 2018: The memorial was dedicated by The Rt Rev Janet E McFarlane BMedSci, BA DipMin, Bishop Suffragan of Repton and Acting Bishop of Derby at a ceremony attended by civic dignitaries, multidenominational clergy, military representatives, veterans and members of the public.
Derby Telegraph; 29th March, 2016; p4 col1; a report on the proposed memorial to be erected later in the Spring.

Ibid; 19th October, 2017; p3 col2: a photograph of the incomplete memorial with reports of controversial views and a description of its background.

Ibid; 20th October, 2017; p4 col2: an artist's impression of the memorial and a response from the artist advising residents to reserve judgment until completion, promised by November, 2017.

Ibid; 30th October, 2017; p11 col1; Photographs and a report of youths kicking and climbing on the incomplete sculpture.

Ibid; 3rd November, 2017; p30 col 1: a letter from a reader commenting on the suitability of the memorial.

Ibid; 18th December, 2017; a photograph of the memorial being constructed with an explanation of the delay to its completion and an estimate that it would be completed by the new year.

Ibid; 23rd January, 2018; p20 col 1; a letter from a reader calling for a firm date for the completion of the memorial.
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