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This page allows you to view the story of the artwork campaigns produced by a space for the Bargate Monument Gallery.

Campaign 1 – Bargate Monument Gallery opening – 2006


We introduce you to Sergeant Bargate – a handsome and welcoming fellow!

Sgt Bargate finds his beginnings in the history of the building as one of its many uses was as a police station during the early years of the 20th Century. Visitors to the gallery can still see the large wooden police emblem they left behind.

But Sgt Bargate seems to have other things on his mind and is taking a romantic reverie through the history of Southampton. Through the first of his journeys he visits the eccentricities of British comedy and characters from Sherlock Holmes to Basil Fawlty via the Avengers and Benny Hill.

His first adventure features a local boy done good. Alfred “Alfie” Hill was born in Southampton and grew up in Wilton Road, Upper Shirley. Later he changed his name to Benny in homage of his hero, comedian Jack Benny. According to local rumour Tommy Cooper’s mother lived in Shirley – so we will claim him as our own! As for Sid James completing this trio we like to think that as a South African he may have arrived in England on a Union-Castle Line steamer docking at Southampton.

Artist Credit


Founded in 2001, Shogun Graphic Systems® was born from a love of disparate graphic styles, cultures & influences. A desire to create contemporary, dynamic artwork and illustration peppered with pop culture references constantly shapes, informs & determines the nature & content of the Shogun® design ethos. Forged in the fires of a boyhood obsession with Marvel & DC comics, Manga animation, street art, a host of cult movies & TV shows, & a fascination with Japanese culture & the way of the Samurai, Shogun® seeks to broaden creative horizons through forward thinking, graphic design & illustration across a variety of private and commercial platforms.

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