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Bedford Women Changing History

Aug. 16, 2018

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Amy Walmsley; Suffragette, headteacher, business leader, educationalist and politician

When it emeged that the Talking Statues project ( see post 94 for how that works ) in Bedford would be the voices of men and none of women a group formed to change history in the town. Their aim is simple – to celebrate the Women of Bedford, by installing the first public work of art in the town of a female which will be the first of several. Despite a wealth of strong, high-achieving women in Bedford's history; Artist Dora Carrington, Fashion Desingner Jean Muir, Santosh Kumari of the Asian Women's Foundation and Long distance runner Paula Radcliffe MBE  - not one of the 11 existing works of public art in the town is of a female - such a common theme across the country. The statue will recognise the significant contributions women have made, and continue to make to the borough in politics, the arts, business, education, health, social care and science. Their aim is to Celebrate the women of the past to inspire the women of the future!

For an informative video and more general information see -  https://www.womenofbedford.org.uk

and for information for schools  www.thegiftsculpture.co.uk 

https://spark.adobe.com/page/RxQbtXSd98658/ 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BedfordWomen/ 

Twitter: @womenofbedford Instagram: womenofbedford

and thier website: www.womenofbedford.org.uk