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STORIES IN STONE : THE WAR MEMORIALS OF WILLIAM STORR BARBER Paul Norgate Thursday 08 November 2018

To mark the centenary of the First World War, many local communities have been working to renovate their war memorials, and to recover the stories of the men whose lives and deaths they record.  But the names and the lives of the sculptors and the craftsmen who created those memorials are still mostly unknown or forgotten. 

One such craftsman was William Storr Barber.  Before the war, he ran a successful stonemasonry business in Leominster and was building himself something of a reputation as a sculptor.  By the time the war ended, his work was given over almost entirely to the creation of war memorials.   How did this come about, and what was the effect on Storr Barber’s career ?

Storr Barber’s life and work are largely undocumented.  Paul’s research brings the sculptor back to life and also sheds light on some of the myriad stories that war memorials tell.

Dr Paul Norgate was educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School.  He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, at Merton College, Oxford, and later at the University of Birmingham, where he wrote his PhD thesis on the poetry of Wilfred Owen.  After teaching for over 25 years in secondary and higher education, both in this country and abroad, Paul was latterly Chair of Examiners for Cambridge University Examinations Syndicate.   He is Associate Lecturer at Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education. 

Now retired, Paul lives in Wolverley and is a member of The Arts Society Stourbridge.  He has published numerous articles (mostly on Wilfred Owen) and gives lectures and talks on First World War topics to a wide range of audiences.  His research into the work of William Storr Barber is a recent interest, prompted by a chance encounter with one of WSB’s memorials while searching for a tearoom in the depths of Herefordshire.