Published on 8 May 1976, this article from the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten (‘Churchill-monumentet avduket i Oslo’) reports the unveiling of the bronze statue of Winston Churchill (1874-1965) by Ivor Roberts-Jones (1913-1996) in Oslo on 6 May 1976. Commissioned by a committee led by Hans Høegh (1926-2010), Anton Smith-Meyer (1919-2011), Gunnar Sønsteby (1918-2012) and Odd Grann (1932), the statue is today located in Solli Plass. United by the desire to prevent another international conflict, the committee members saw the monument as a ‘response to the perceived need for a monument to remind Norwegians – especially younger citizens who had no direct memory of the Occupation – of the need for vigilance in order that Europe should never again be riven by war’ (Ayres 2017 150). The ties between Norway and the UK in connection with the Second World War are echoed in the article as the Head of the Committee, Hans Høegh, reminds of how the UK offered exile to the King, the Royal Family, the Prime Minister and the Government. 

For a discussion on the location and symbolic meaning of this statue, see Sara Ayres’ article ‘Raised on blurred territories’ in Sculpture and the Nordic Region (Routledge, 2017).

Location: UCL Special Collections, Anglo Norse