A couple of days ago, I was lucky enough to spend time with local artist Sally Hirst at Norwich Theatre Royal and see her latest exhibition: ‘Past, Present, Imperfections’. This project explores the rich industrial and architectural history of Norwich.
The photos below show Sally’s piece depicting the Pantheon which used to stand in Ranleagh pleasure garden (also at various times known as Vauxhall and Victoria Gardens), which was said to be visited by prominent local figures such as Parson Woodforde. These gardens eventually became the site of Norwich’s first railway station: Victoria Station. The Pantheon became the station's booking hall and was the only part of the original gardens to remain. Sadly, it’s now long gone - but the memory of its existence is preserved in Sally’s stunning artwork.
The exhibition can be found on the first floor of the Theatre, is free to enter and runs until October 2nd. Catch it while you still can!
Read more on the exhibition website.