Konstam Nursery: Highgate Newtown nursery unveils commemorative WW1 mural

Cllr Oliver Lewis with Romola Jane unveiling the mosaic outside of Konstam Nursery, Highgate Newtown

Cllr Oliver Lewis with Romola Jane unveiling the mosaic outside of Konstam Nursery, Highgate Newtown. Picture: Justin Thomas - Credit: Archant

Highgate Newtown’s historic Konstam Nursery has unveiled a commerorative mosoaic celebrating its links to the First World War.

On Saturday November 3, five generations of the Konstam Nursery, who founded a children’s health clinic on the site just after the war, in memory of two sons who were killed in the conflict.

Based on archive photos, the mosaic by artist Tessa Hunkin depicts the Chester Road clinic not long after it opened.

The building was handed over the Camden Council in 1967, and it now houses an early years nursery.

Madeleine Bunting, whose mother Romola Jane unveiled the artwork, said: “My great-grandparents, Emily and Rudolf Konstam, decided after the First World War to fund a health clinic for children in the then dire slum of Highgate New Town, in north London, in memory of their sons Norman and Jack who were both killed in the war.”

The mosaic was commissioned by the Konstam family.