BHS Murals – Stockport

At the side of the BHS store in Merseyway are five concrete panels depicting local people, events and symbols. Commissioned by BHS in 1978 – To fill space on the blank wall at the side of the shop.

They are the work of Joyce Pallot 1912-2004 and Henry Collins, 1910-1994 – two artist/designers, who along with John Nash, established the Colchester Art Society, during the 1930s.

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Their work was featured in the Festival of Britain, GPO Tower and Expo 70, along with other retail outlets in Southampton, Newcastle, Gloucester, Bexhill and Colchester.

Festival of Britain – their mural is to the left of the pavilion

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Colchester

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Newcastle upon Tyne

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Gloucester

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Southampton

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Bexhill on Sea

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The Murals, BHS Stockport and Merseyway have an uncertain future, SHMBC applied for listing, this was refused. On the other sites illustrated, restoration and preservation has been undertaken.

I do hope that these works of national and international importance are not placed under threat. We have already lost too much post-war public art – we all deserve better.

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4 thoughts on “BHS Murals – Stockport

  1. These are magnificent works of art, surely if they were offered to museums, art galleries or libraries, someone somewhere would be interested? I do hope so, it would be very sad to see them disappear forever.

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    1. They are currently on prominent and public display Sue and hopefully will remain so, there is some doubt as to the future of the site, but under no immediate threat. I hope that they will continue to be part of the Merseyway site whatever the future holds.

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