Serviceman’s story inspires work of art on show in Norwich exhibition

Artist Paddy Hartley with his textile sculpture, called Norman Eric Wallace, of a vintage war unifor

Artist Paddy Hartley with his textile sculpture, called Norman Eric Wallace, of a vintage war uniform embroidered to describe the treatment of soldiers in the First World War, inspired by surgeon Sir Harold Gillies, as part of an exhibition at the Museum of Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

A work of art inspired by the story of an injured First World War serviceman and the surgeon who treated him features in a new exhibition at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell.

Artist Paddy Hartley created the work, called Norman Eric Wallace II, which is part of the exhibition Norwich and the First World War: Soldiers and Workers, Duty and Philanthropy. The textile sculpture is also part of a larger project interpreting stories of servicemen treated by surgeon Sir Harold Gillies. Observer 2nd Lieutenant Norman Wallace suffered facial burns when his aircraft crashed in France in 1917, and his medical records have been recreated on the uniform on display. The airman had originally been treated for his injuries in Norwich War Hospital. Mr Hartley visited the exhibition yesterday and gave a lecture hosted by Norwich University of the Arts and the museum. The exhibition runs until March 5.