Funding secured for Our Emmeline campaign

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18 December 2017
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emmeline-06251.jpg Our Emmeline statue project
The Emmeline Pankhurst Statue Campaign has received the news that it is one of the projects that has won Government backing in Manchester from Centenary Cities: 100 years of votes for women, with the city as a whole receiving a total of £370,000 funding.

The Emmeline Pankhurst Statue Campaign has received the news that it is one of the projects that has won Government backing in Manchester from Centenary Cities: 100 years of votes for women, with the city as a whole receiving a total of £370,000 funding.

The campaign to have a statue erected in Emmeline Pankhurst’s home city of Manchester began in 2014, when Councillor Andrew Simcock set out to address the lack of representation of women amongst the city’s statues.  From a short list of six female figures, who had all made a significant contribution to the city, Emmeline Pankhurst was selected as the clear favourite during a public vote held in 2015.

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The public then went on to select sculptor Hazel Reeves’ 'Rise up, women' as the winning design in April 2017 from a short list of maquettes created by six sculptors.  The maquettes were exhibited at venues across Manchester including Manchester Art Gallery, HOME and Manchester Town Hall, where the public could poll their votes or make their vote online.

Response to the news

Councillor Andrew Simcock, Chair of the Emmeline Pankhurst Statue Campaign, said, “I am delighted that the Government has agreed this very significant and substantial donation to help fund the Emmeline Pankhurst Statue project. I would like to thank Anne Milton, Minister for Women, and The Chancellor of the Exchequer for this support.

“They join the many Mancunians who sponsored me on my Land's End to John o'Groats cycle ride in 2015, our gold sponsors Dennis Morgan and Edwina Wolstencroft who purchased limited edition copies of Hazel’s maquette design along with Property Alliance Group and Manchester Airport who have contributed very generously as corporate sponsors.

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“All of this is of great significance because, from the outset, we have been clear that no public money from Manchester City Council would go towards the statue. Our next step will be to embark on a crowdfunding campaign to raise more money for the educational and future engagement aspects of the project.

“Subject to planning permission the statue should be unveiled on Friday 14 December 2018 - the 100th anniversary of some women voting for the first time in a UK General Election.”

Visit the project website.

(image copyright Sue Anders Photography)