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Unveiling of OSCANCE Memorial
May 29, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm| Free
OSCANCE memorial will be unveiled by Merlin Holland at St. James’s Church, Paddington on the exact 132nd anniversary of the wedding of Oscar and Constance on Sunday 29 May 1884.
Oscar Wilde Society members and their guests will all be most welcome. Christopher Cook will first interview Thomas Sargeant (letter-cutter) about his work on the Memorial. He will then discuss with Franny Moyle the period before and immediately after the wedding from Constance’s point of view, and ask Merlin Holland about Oscar and the wedding.
Next, he will invite Merlin Holland to unveil the memorial plaque, after which there will be a reception, with wine and nibbles, and the traditional OSCANCE Toast, ‘Oscar and Constance’, proposed by Jonathan Fryer.
The OSCANCE memorial plaque, designed by Tom Sargeant, is a Welsh slate roundel with Portland stone surround, with incised and gilded lettering. The cost of executing of the design was met from a fund established by the Supporters – The Church of St James, Paddington, The Oscar Wilde Society, and The Hyde Park Ward Budget – and by the generosity of individual sponsors including Patrons and a number of individual members of the Oscar Wilde Society.
Here is a full report of the event.