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Sculpture archive made available

Queen Victoria statue in Woodbridge
The Queen Victoria statue was carved out of Portland stone

An archive of about 700 monuments and sculptures in Norfolk and Suffolk is being made available to the public for the first time.

Work on the Recording Archive for Public Sculpture, began in 2006 with a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The monuments and sculptures survey was finished in February, and a database of 679 entries and 3,000 photographs was deposited at the Norfolk Record Office.

It is part of a major project to record the art heritage in the two counties.

The project is a joint venture between the School of World Art Studies and Museology at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich and the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA).

Now it is also available as an online archive, which includes photographs of sculptures, their location, condition and artist responsible.

Pencil sculpture
Peter Logan's giant Pencils can be found at the Nelson Hotel, Norwich

The resource includes monuments to famous men, women and racehorses and examples of sculptural decoration on buildings - as well as the ironwork gates of the Queen's Sandringham residence in Norfolk.

Dr Richard Cocke, who co-ordinated the project, said: "What we're trying to do is to interest the public, people who come here or live here, in their cultural heritage.

"Lots of people told us about sculpture that we didn't know about, and now we are passing on this information about wonderful objects that most of us aren't aware of."

Among the unexpected finds was a statue of Queen Victoria in Woodbridge, Suffolk - the only surviving statue of Queen Victoria in East Anglia and two supporting pillars from the monument to Lord Nelson erected in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, in 1817.

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