Some of the results of moves to honour women with civic statues; some positive examples to inspire future efforts.
Edith Cavel - Result
Sir George Frampton, R.A., P.R.B.S. (1860-1928)
March 20, 1920
St Martin's Place, London WC2
Committee including the Mayor of London
A British World War 2 nurse from Norfolk. In addition to nursing soldiers from both sides without distinction, she assisted some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium and was executed by the Nazis. The inscription reads: "Edith Cavell // Brussels // Dawn // October 12th 1915 // Patriotism is not enough // I must have no hatred or // bitterness for anyone."
Women of Steel - Result
June 17, 2016
Barkers Pool, Sheffield
A public appeal has raised over £160,000 for a stunning bronze statue to be unveiled as a permanent memorial to the Women of Steel in Barker's Pool in the city centre.
Above photo from @ShefACSE on Twitter.
The statue is designed by sculptor Martin Jennings who worked closely with a group of Women of Steel to come up with the design.
Catherine Booth - Result
Champion Park, Camberwell, London SE5
Affectionally remembered as " the Army Mother " she was a successful speaker who won many converts... and changed the attitude to female ministry ( previously frowned upon ), leading to it being approved of by The Salvation Army and a statement regarding sexual equality in ministry being published in The Salvation Army’s Orders and Regulations. For many Salvationists Catherine’s legacy is this success in advancing an expanded public role for women in Church life. Catherine is also celebrated for her commitment to social reform. She is known for her advocacy of better conditions and pay for women workers in London’s sweated labour, notably in the match making industry.
Cylla Black - Result
Jan. 16, 2017
Black's sons Robert, Ben and Jack Willis,
The bronze statue depicting a young Cilla was erected outside the spot were the famous Cavern Club used to be, and commissioned by her sons Robert, Ben, and Jack as donation to the city in memory of their mother.
Gracie Fields - Result
The Butts Rochdale
Rochdale Rotary clubs
This popular local campaign for internationally famous singer Gracie Fields, described as " the Madonna of her day " was run by the 2 Rotary Clubs raised £40,000 from Grantscape. Started in July 2014 the statue was erected in September 2016.
Emmeline Pankhust - Result
Luther George Walker
outside Houses of Parliament London
One of the leaders of the Suffragette movement who won the first right to vote for some women. Made in 1930 but moved to present location in 1958.
Sarah Siddons - Result
Leon-Joseph Chavalliaud / Chavaillaud
May 3, 1897
Paddington Green, London W2, Westminster
Actress. Born Brecon, Wales - Unveiled by Sir Henry Irving who pointed out that, unless you count Shakespeare, this is the first statue of an actor erected in London. Mrs Siddons lived at Westbourne Green 1805 - 1817 (a little further along the Westway, towards the west) and is buried in nearby St Mary’s Churchyard.
Florence Nightingale - Result
Arthur George Walker
Aug. 5, 1914
St James's, London
Florence Nightingale was a nurse who tended the wounded British troops in the Crimean war. She was known as " the lady with the lamp"
A Real Family - Result
Oct. 30, 2014
Birmingham City Library
Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council, Ikon
The sculpture celebrates A Real Birmingham Family. Situated outside the city’s library, it honours what curator Stuart Tulloch calls the “everyday and unsung”. The image of the prosaic-sounding Joneses presents a family that is two single mothers, one heavily pregnant, proudly striding forward, holding on to their sons. It is an emotive and commanding work of art and has caused some controversy because it does not include a father. This is, of course the everyday reality for many families in the UK and this civic statue acknowledges and celebrates the integrity of the non-traditional family group.
Joan Littlewood - Result
Oct. 6, 2015
Theatre Royal Stratford East Newham
Theatre Royal Stratford East
Joan Maud Littlewood (1914 - 2002) was an English theatre director, who trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and is best known for her work in developing the Theatre Workshop. She has been called "The Mother of Modern Theatre".Her production of Oh, What a Lovely War! in 1963 was one of her most influential pieces.Littlewood and her company lived and slept in the Theatre Royal while it was restored.
Diana Dors - Result
Aug. 2, 1987
Cineworld west Swindon
Popular 1950's film actress, born in Swindon.
Margaret MacDonald - Result
Richard Reginald Goulden
Aug. 27, 1914
Lincoln's Inn Fields London WC2
her husband Ramsay MacDonald(?)
She was very active in trying to improve the lives of female industrial workers. She joined the Women's Industrial Council in 1894, publishing her investigations into home working in London in 1897, and helping to produce a series of studies on women workers. She was also heavily involved in the National Union of Women Workers. The house in Lincoln's Inn Fields thus became "a workshop of social plan and effort" (MacDonald 185). Her "heart went out in fellowship to her fellow-women & in love to the children of the people whom she served as a citizen and helped as a sister."
Sister Dora - Result
Francis John Williamson
April 5, 1886
the People of Walsall
Sister Dora was a 19th-century Anglican nun and a nurse in Walsall, West Midlands.She dedicated her life to nursing, including a smallpox epidemic. In 1886 the people of Walsall paid to have a statue of Dora erected, of which they are all still immensely proud. 40,000 people were there for the unveiling and in the 1950's people paid again to replace the statue with a new bronze copy, because the original marble statue had deteriorated. From time to time you will even find Dora wearing a red scarf, if Walsall FC are having a good run. She is a Walsall icon."
Noor Inayat Khan - Result
Gordon Square London WC1
Campaigners spent years raising £60,000 for Noor’s statue from public donations.
In November 2012, seven decades after her death aged 30, a statue to the forgotten heroine was unveiled in London by the Princess Royal.The bronze bust commemorates Britain’s only female Muslim war heroine and is the first stand-alone memorial to an Asian woman in the UK.Noor Inayat Khan was part of an elite band of women in the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and the first woman radio operator to be flown into occupied France to aid the Resistance. Princess Anne said stories such as Noor’s are ‘remarkable in their own right’ but have a real connection to make with the modern age through their ‘multi-cultural aspect’.
Photo David Parker
Virginia Woolf 1882 - 1941 - Result
Aug. 26, 2004
Tavistock Square London WC1
Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain
Virginia Woolf lived in a house formerly on the south side of Tavistock Square from 1924 to 1939 where most of her greatest novels were written and published.
'Then one day walking round Tavistock Square I made up, as I sometimes make up my books, To the Lighthouse; in a great, apparently involuntary, rush.'
Pocahontas - Result
Pocahontas is said to have saved the life of the colony leader of Jamestown colony in North America , Capt John Smith, by pleading with her people to spare him. She later converted to Christianity, married another settler and became Rebecca Rolfe.
Her story was learned by generations of schoolchildren as a tale of simple heroism and was made into a successful Disney animated movie. But more recently it has been interpreted as an example of the disastrous encounters between her people and the colonisers.
Pocahontas was mortally ill when she was taken ashore at Gravesend after a propaganda tour to England to raise money for the struggling colony. She may have died of tuberculosis, or another western disease such as flu to which her people had no immunity, and she was probably only 23.
The Grade II-listed statue of Pocahontas in Gravesend, Kent, is having its status updated 400 years after she died on English soil.
Pocahontas statue in Gravesend relisted 400 years after her ...
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Violette Szabo - Result
London SE1, Albert Embankment, South Bank
Public Memorials Appeal, Patron - His Grace the Duke of Wellington KG, Trustees - Ivan Saxton (Founder) Lady Barbirolli OBE Michael Kennedy CBE Ian Davidson (Hon. Sec.)
Violette was a member of the Special Operations Executive, one of 407 operatives sent on sabotage missions to Nazi occupied France during the war to fight with the French Resistance known as the Maquis. She was one of the 117 SOE agents who did not survive and was posthumously awarded the George Cross and the Crois de Guerre.
Florence Nightingale - Result
Arthur George Walker
Aug. 5, 1914
St James's, London
Florence Nightingale was a nurse who tended the wounded British troops in the Crimean war. She was known as " the lady with the lamp"
Elizabeth Frink - Result
Aug. 1, 2018
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry
Coventry City Council
Elizabeth Frink (1930-1993) was one of Britain's foremost modern figurative sculptors in the post war period. She was one of only two women who authored artworks for the new Coventry Cathedral.
This statue was originally made by the sculptor F.E.McWilliams for Harlow New Town in 1957. A second cast from the original mould was made for an exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery Coventry in 1965. It was placed on permanent display outside the gallery the following year. It also remains on display in Harlow.
Emily Wilding Davidson - Result
Sept. 11, 2018
Northumberland County Council
Emily moved to her family’s home in Longhorsley near Morpeth when her father died in 1893. Although an annual commemoration of Davison’s life is held at St Mary’s church in Morpeth, there has previously been no prominent memorial to her life and achievements other than her grave in the town. An information panel has also been installed in Carlisle Park to highlight the significant role Emily played in the suffragette movement, something also planned for Epsom, It includes a walking trail to help visitors and local residents, in particular the younger generation, learn more about her efforts and her close links to the area.
Amy Winehouse - Result
Sept. 14, 2014
Camden Stable Market, London
Wonderfully talented but troubled British singer and songwriter who had become strongly associated with Camden Town until her death in 2011. Winehouse died at her nearby Camden Square home of alcohol poisoning on 23 July 2011. The statue was unveiled in 2014, three years after the singer's death.
Bronze Woman - Result
Ian Walters & Aleix Barbat
Oct. 8, 2017
Stockwell Memorial Garden, south London.
Ms Nobrega / Tanzeem Ahmed from Olmec
The Bronze Woman is many things – she is the first public monument of a black woman in England, a symbol of the contribution of Caribbean, and indeed all, women to society and proof that people who have the courage to pursue their dreams can inspire others to great achievements. The Bronze Woman Monument was revealed in South London’s Stockwell Memorial Garden on October 8, 2008. (view BBC footage, view photo gallery)
The Bronze Woman sculpture of an African-Caribbean woman holding aloft a child was created to celebrate the contribution of the Afro-Caribbean community to the Capital, on the 200th anniversary of the end of the transatlantic slave trade in 2008.
The Bronze Woman sculpture was supported to fruition by the Bronze Woman committee and Olmec, a race equality organisation, following Cecile Nobrega’s ten-year quest to see this project through.
Internationally renowned sculptor Ian Walters was commissioned to handle the project in 2005 before the completion of his statue of Nelson Mandela which now stands in Parliament Square. Walters completed a two foot high maquette of The Bronze Woman before he died in 2006. Aleix Barbat, graduate of Heatherley’s School of Fine Art completed the sculpture in 2008.
“I believe it is important not only for the black community, but for all the people of the United Kingdom to acknowledge the past and the values we share; and to acknowledge how much we owe each other. The Caribbean – its past, present and future – is a subject very close to my own heart and I was delighted to be part of this tremendous celebration”.Baroness Scotland QC
The Attorney General, October 2008
Mary Barbour - Result
March 8, 2018
Remember Mary Barbour Campaign
Mary Barbour was a social reformer who first came to prominence as one of the founders of the Women;s Peace Crusade and was one of the organisers of the Glasgow Rent Strike of 1915. She organised committees, prevented evictions (leading a female-led opposition, commonly referred to as Mrs Barbour’s army) and opposed the sheriff officers. Thanks to the action taken in Glasgow, the British Government passed the Rent Restriction Act, forcing landlords to stop charging overinflated rents during 1914-18 Great War. She also one of the first women councillors in the city, and went on to be one of the first female magistrates in Glasgow. She was active on various aspects of social reforms, including avoiding food waste by redistribution, and also helped found the first family planning centre in the city. The image is released by Lesley Mitchell under a creative commons licence: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mary_Barbour_Statue_-_Side_view.jpg
The Cracker Packers - Result
Jan. 24, 2018
Pladis, the global biscuit and confectionery company plus £65,000 from Sainsbury’s (as part of their development of a Carlisle superstore) and £5,000 from author Hunter Davies.
Statue of an historic biscuit factory worker with a contemporary.
Alice Hawkins - Result
Feb. 4, 2018
A Suffragette imprisoned multiple times, a shoe machinist and mother of 6 who was buried in a pauper's grave now honoured for her selfless work for women's suffrage.
Alice Nutter - Result
David Palmer of DP Structures Ltd.
July 18, 2012
Borough & Parish Council of Roughlee
Blacko Bar Road between Crowtrees and Roughlee.
This sculpture was created to commemorate the 400th anniversary of one of the most infamous witch trials of the 17th century - that of the Pendle witches. These women lived in the early 1600's at a time of religious persecution and superstition.
Fabricated from brass and corten steel, it depicts Alice Nutter of Roughlee who was unusual among the accused as she was the wealthy widow of a farmer. She kept silent throughout her trial except to enter a plea of not guilty to the murder of Henry Mitton by witchcraft.
The local Borough & Parish Council of Roughlee led a scheme to commission the erection of a sculpture of ‘Alice’. It depicts her shackled and on her way to trial. It aims to help people reassess their concept of women falsely convicted and killed. https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/pendle/9845430.New_statue_gives_Pendle__witch__the_respect_she_deserves/
Queen Aethelflaed - Result
May 20, 2019
Roundabout Art Arts Council England Tamworth GHateways Project
The six-metre tall steel figure of Anglo-Saxon warrior Queen, Aethelflaed is a key figure from Tamworth’s past, having played a pivotal role in English history by building a chain of fortifications against Viking invaders throughout the Kingdom of Mercia. Her fortification of Tamworth in 913 AD became the forerunner to Tamworth Castle. Daughter of King Alfred the Great, Aethelflaed’s accession as a female ruler has been described as one of the most unique events in early medieval history.
She was chosen as the subject for the new statue following consultations with local people, exploring what they are most proud of about Tamworth. Luke’s final design aimed to reflect the town’s Anglo-Saxon history, but with an ‘alternative, modern twist’ that places it firmly in the 21st century.
Millicent Fawcett - Result
Gillian Wearing OBE
April 24, 2018
Parliament Square London
City of London and the government's Centenary Fund
A statue of suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett was unveiled in Parliament Square. Created by Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing OBE, this historic statue is the first ever monument of a woman and the first designed by a woman to stand within the square.
The unveiling ceremony included speeches by Prime Minister, Theresa May; the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and activist Caroline Criado-Perez who lead the campaign for a statue of a women in Parliament Square. The figure holds a banner with the words of militant Suffragette Emily Wilding Davidson, who was killed under the king's horse while protesting at the Derby of 1913
The First World War saw seismic changes to women’s roles in society, including the first UK women gaining the right to vote. This new work by Gillian Wearing, the first-ever statue of a woman in Parliament Square recognises the huge contribution of Fawcett and many other people involved in the struggle for universal suffrage.”
Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst - Result
Dec. 17, 2018
St Peters Square Manchester
City of Manchester
The first statue of a woman in Manchester in 100 years - the other is Queen Victoria. Erected on the 100th anniversary of the first UK election in which women were able to vote. Funded by vigorous campaign lead by councillor Andrew Simcock, with vote for the most popular female figure.
Messenger - Result
March 18, 2019
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Creator says that the seven-metre high Messenger is important, in the #metoo era, as a counterpoint to the many statues of men across UK. It is the largest piece made by the lost wax process and the largest statue of a woman in the country. Modelled on an actor in movement, symbolising the way that the theatre brings its messages to the audience.
Ada Salter - Result
Nov. 30, 2014
Thames Wall, Bermondsey, London SE16
For many years there had been a statue of Dr Alfred Salter MP in this locality but after it was stolen by metal-thieves in 2011 it emerged that the career of his wife, Ada Salter, had probably been as important, if not more important, than his. The Salter Statues Campaign was therefore launched to raise funds for two statues, to be commissioned by the artist, Diane Gorvin. Over 2011-14 Southwark Council match-funded whatever the campaigners raised until they finally reached their target of £120,000. Ada's statue was only the 15th public statue of a woman in London, compared to hundreds of statues of men. It was the first public statue in London of an elected woman politician, the first of a 'green' environmentalist, the first of a woman trade unionist and the first of a Quaker woman. Research into her life showed that she was indeed a remarkable woman. A biography of her was published in 2016 - Ada Salter, Pioneer of Ethical Socialism by Graham Taylor - and this described how, despite Ada's national and international importance, she had been rendered invisible for 72 years by a mixture of overt prejudice and institutional bias.
Jane Austen - Result
July 17, 2017
Basingstoke Market Place
Hampshire Cultural Trust
A statue of Jane Austen has been unveiled on the 200th anniversary of her death.
The £100,000 life-sized bronze sculpture of the author is in Basingstoke's Market Place.
Commissioned by the Hampshire Cultural Trust, it was unveiled at a ceremony attended by civic figures as well as Austen fans in Regency costume. Jane Austen spent the first 25 years of her life in nearby Steventon where her father was vicar.
Annie Kenney - Result
Dec. 14, 2018
Outside Town Hall Oldham
People of Oldham
Annie Kenney was said to be the only working class woman to hold a senior position in the ‘Women’s Social and Political Union’ (WSPU), which spearheaded the campaign for universal suffrage under the banner ‘Votes for Women'.
Not a single penny for the statue came from the Council, the Government or the Lottery. This is genuinely a people’s statue. A councillor said "It is an absolutely beautiful statue, and not only that, Annie’s story has now been told to thousands of people, not just in Oldham. She used to be Oldham’s best kept secret, but the statue in Parliament Square really is a staggering addition to our town centre.
George Eliot - Result
April 15, 1986
Nuneaton town centre
George Eliot Fellowship
The statue of the author was made by John Letts in 1986, on a commission by the George Eliot Fellowship.
Dame Mary Peters - Result
Sculptor: John Sherlock
June 25, 2013
DAME MARY PETERS . PENTATHLON OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST MUNICH 1972.
Dorothy Round - Result
Sept. 20, 2013
Twice Wimbledon champion Dorothy Edith Round Little was a World No. 1 British female tennis player. She was born in Dudley, Worcestershire, England. A player of formidable power and experience, she developed her game from that of a sports-minded schoolgirl to that of a Wimbledon champion, making that transition almost seamlessly.
This statue was commissioned by Dudley MBC for a site in Priory Park, Dudley adjacent to the park Tennis courts. The statue is named 'The Return of Dorothy Round' and the idea and arrangement of pose was conceived by Steve Field a close artistic associate of sculptor john mcKenna. Dorothy was famed for her ability to return the tennis ball well and in consultation with her family relatives it was decided that a statue pose depicting this return stance would be created.
John McKenna modelled the claywork and cast the statue in his A4a art foundry studio in Ayrshire.
Lily Parr - Result
June 3, 2019
National Football Museum in Manchester.
A statue of Lily Parr, who is widely recognised as one of the early trailblazers of women’s football, is now on display at the National Football Museum in Manchester. The life-size bronze statue is situated on the first floor of the museum in the players zone, which explores footballing pioneers and the challenges and prejudices they fought to overcome. It is the first statue of a female footballer to be unveiled anywhere in the UK. An outside left winger, Parr scored over 980 goals in 833 games during a 32-year career for Dick, Kerr Ladies, one of the earliest women’s teams in England.“This is a momentous moment and Lily thoroughly deserves this honour,” said former England women captain Faye White.
“As a female footballer, it’s inspiring to see the progress we’re making in celebrating women in sport. Women’s football has come a long way since it first began and I’m looking forward to cheering on the England Lionesses this summer ( 2019 ) alongside the nation.”
The statue was created by sculptor Hannah Stewart, was commissioned by Mars as part of its ongoing #SupportHer campaign to inspire the current England women’s team and future female sports stars.
Amy Johnson - Result
Sept. 16, 2016
Herne Bay and Hull
funded by local people and businesses.
Result: Amy Johnson.
A statue in Herne Bay to Amy Johnson and another in Hull, following a blistering campaign by engineer, Jane Priston.
On 5 January 1941, British record breaking aviatrix Amy Johnson died serving her country off the shores of Herne Bay, Kent, England.
Inspiring - building on Amy’s legacy to inspire the next generation to consider a career in aviation and engineering, follow their dreams and “believe nothing to be impossible” (Amy Johnson, 1936).
Agatha Christie - Result
Carol Van Den Boom-Cairns
Nov. 5, 1990
Palk Street, on the Agatha Christie Mile, Torquay
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890, and the English Riviera celebrated her centenary with the creation of a hand-crafted bronze bust in her likeness. The bust sits on Palk Street, on the Agatha Christie Mile, and close to the beautiful Edwardian Pavilion where her first husband Archie Christie proposed to her following a Wagner concert.
Created by Dutch sculptor Carol Van Den Boom-Cairns, it is the only one anywhere in the world, and was unveiled by her daughter, Rosalind Hicks.
The Agatha Christie Mile runs along Torquay seafront between the Imperial and Grand Hotels and features a number of landmarks signifcant in the author’s life and works. For more Agatha Christie sites, explore the Agatha Christie Literary Trail through the English Riviera and South Devon, which reveals the inspirations she took from the local area and featured in her novels.
Nicola Adams MBE - Result
July 17, 2007
London,N15, West Green Road, Downhills Park
Nicola Adams MBE, the first woman to win Olympic boxing gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
Site: Adams, Howard and Tull - steel statues (3 memorials, including 2 other sportsmen)
The characters for this Portrait Bench were chosen by the community to celebrate Sustrans winning a nationwide vote in 2007 to create new walking and cycling routes across the UK, funded by the Big Lottery Fund. www.Sustrans.org.uk
It would be great to see amore substantial figure of this wonderful sportswoman, such a trailblazer.
Nancy Astor - Result
Nov. 29, 2019
Nancy Astor Statue Appeal
Nancy Astor was the first woman to take her seat in parliament in 1919. 100 years later she was finally being honoured in her Devon constituency of Plymouth. The impressive campaign for this statue shows just how possible it is to redress the historic attitudes that choose ignore women's achievements. This great effort has galvanised a whole community and Great Western Railway has named a train ‘Nancy Astor Express’ – one of GWR’s ‘First Great Westerners.
Theresa May, who unveiled the statue, said Astor had been forced to withstand the jeers and bawdy jokes of male colleagues – and the lack of female toilets – when she arrived in the Commons in 1919, but she had paved the way for future women MPs. Her perseverence has been reflected in the determination of the women of Plymouth to have a memorial of this ground-breaking politician.
Theresa May also said “We don’t have nearly enough monuments to the great women of our past. I’m pleased we’re starting to put that right.” So, it's good to have yet another prominent supporter for the cause of all the inVISIBLEwomen.
Dame Kelly Holmes - Result
Aug. 30, 2012
Portman Square London
Sure Maximum Protection
Sure Maximum Protection polled Brits to uncover the top ten influential and strong British women that the nation would like to see celebrated for their lifetime achievements. Dame Kelly Holmes topped the vote, with Jessica Ennis the one to watch for future commemoration.
Janet Street-Porter commented: “This research shows that successful women – past and present – are completely under-represented when it comes to the number of official statues in the UK. We should look to reverse this trend going forward to ensure influential women and role models such as Dame Kelly Holmes and JK Rowling, as well as stars in their prime like Jessica Ennis, receive the fitting tribute they truly deserve.”
To help rectify the balance, Sure Maximum Protection has created a life size statue of Dame Kelly Holmes, who topped the list, and donated it to her hometown of Pembury in Kent, but after controversy about its lack of likeness to Dame Kelly it currently stands in Portman Square, central London.
The top 10 women Brits would most like to see celebrated with a statue for their achievements are:
1. Dame Kelly Holmes (24 per cent)
2. JK Rowling (22 per cent)
3. Joanna Lumley (14 per cent)
4. Dame Vivienne Westwood (9 per cent)
5. Adele (7 per cent)
6. Katie Piper (6 per cent)
7. Kate Winslet (6 per cent)
8. Karren Brady (2 per cent)
9. Nigella Lawson (2 per cent)
10. Victoria Beckham (2 per cent)
Reported in Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine
Louisa Brandreth Aldrich-Blake - Result
Edwin Lutyens/Arthur George Walker
June 8, 1926
Tavistock Square London WC1
Britains first female surgeon.Dean of the London (Royal Free Hospital) School of Medicine for Women, 1914 - 1925, Consulting Surgeon Royal Free Hospital, 1919 - 1925, Surgeon to the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital, 1895 - 1925.
Mary Seacole - Result
May 30, 2020
London, St Thomas Hospital
A memorial statue believed to be the UK's first in honour of a named black woman has been unveiled in London.
Mary Seacole was a Jamaican-born nurse who cared for wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War in the 19th Century.
The statue's completion follows a 12-year campaign which raised £500,000 to honour her.The statue was created by sculptor Martin Jennings and stands opposite the Houses of Parliament in the grounds of St Thomas' Hospital.
It is inscribed with words written in 1857 by The Times' Crimean War correspondent, Sir William Howard Russell: "I trust that England will not forget one who nursed her sick, who sought out her wounded to aid and succour them, and who performed the last offices for some of her illustrious dead."
Chancellor George Osborne announced the Treasury would contribute £240,000 to help pay for the installation.
Floella Benjamin - Result
Feb. 10, 2017
University of Exeter Campus
the University of Exeter
Exeter University has unveiled a sculpture celebrating well-loved TV presenter and Baroness of Beckenham, Floella Benjamin - making her the only living black person in the UK to have a sculpture on public display.She was chancellor at the University of Exeter from 2006 to 2016.
Dr Erinma Bell MBE - Result
June 8, 2016
Manchester Central Library
Portrait of Erinma Bell MBE, DL, Peace activist. Cast from recycled guns obtained from
Manchester Police in association with CARISMA (Community Alliance for
Renewal inner South Manchester Area) and Guns 2 Goods - an
organisation that recycles weapons into artefacts for the promotion of
peace in Manchester.
Sylvia Pankhurst - Work In Progress
The TUC and City of London Corporation are to launch a joint campaign to erect a statue on Clerkenwell Green in Islington in time for the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which first gave the vote to some women.
A bronze model of the statue has already been made by the late sculptor Ian Walters, who was also responsible for the statue of Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square.
Edith Cavell - Work In Progress
She is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides without discrimination and in helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during the First World War
Virginia Woolf - Work In Progress
We’ve launched a campaign to commission, fund and erect a statue of Virginia Woolf in Richmond-on-Thames where she lived with her husband Leonard from 1914 to 1924. Virginia developed as a writer there and wrote short stories, essays, reviews and novels while living in Richmond. She worked with Leonard, her husband, to set up the Hogarth Press in Richmond publishing works by T.S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield and Sigmund Freud among many others.
This statue will be the first ever full figure life-size bronze depiction of Virginia Woolf. The target is £50,000.
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