The Nancy Astor Statue
Statue image courtesy of Geoff Bayliss
The people of Plymouth marked the centenary of Nancy Astor’s election by unveiling a permanent memorial to her on 28th November 2019. A crowdfunder raised more than £140,000 in 400 days and the statue was commissioned and erected in less than a year – an extraordinary feat led by Alexis Bowater, Chair of the Lady Astor 100 Campaign https://www.ladyastorstatue100.co.uk/
The campaign was a bipartisan affair and was supported by women MPs across the political spectrum.
Unveiling the statue
The statue was unveiled by Prime Minister Theresa May at 1.00pm on 28th November 2019.
Today, the statue stands on Plymouth Hoe outside Elliott Terrace, the Astor’s constituency home.
Hayley Gibbs was commissioned to design and build the statue following a public design competition in February 2019. For an insight into the creative process please see Hayley’s blog of 27th February 2020 ‘A Sculptor’s Journey’.
Dr Jacqui Turner was the historical consultant for the statue project, research was vested in the Nancy Astor papers held at University of Reading Special Collections
Adam Lines (University of Reading Special Collections), Rachel Newton (postgraduate), Hayley Gibbs (sculptor), Dr Jacqui Turner