Denise Dutton Completes Plaster Line Maquette

Following months of discussion, research and painstaking work in miniature, our wonderful sculptor Denise Dutton has completed the rough plaster line maquette of Mary. She is now in the process of preparing a resin copy and a mould for the final bronze.  Denise has faced many challenges. She has had to work from only 5 photographs, some of which are of poor quality and none…

Community Magazines Call for Public Subscription to Fund the Statue

We are very grateful to local magazines The Post, Preston Pages and 7Directory. They have not only featured long articles about Mary and the Appeal, but have also made the campaign their cover story, using wonderful images of Mary and publicising  the fact that the design and rough maquette (model) of the statue-to-be are now complete.  We are especially grateful for the Editorial which read:…

Support from the Brightonian and the Hovarian

Supporters living in Brighton & Hove will have noticed that, post lock-down, many of the city’s free community magazines have re-appeared and combined.  Sussex Magazines has gathered several titles into two new umbrella publications – The Brightonian and The Hovarian. We are so proud that in their inaugural July editions they chose to feature articles about the Mary Clarke Statue Appeal.  Please support these worthy new publications…

Our Sculptor at Work

Our sculptor Denise Dutton is hard at work on the maquette, doing the delicate work on facial features – a challenging task, given we have so few photographs and many of those we do have are of poor quality. One of Mary’s most endearing qualities was her lack of egoism and consequent quiet refusal to promote herself. However, this is causing real difficulties for those wishing…

Terri Bell Halliwell of inVISIBLEwomen supports the Appeal

Terri Bell Halliwell spear heads a national Brighton-based campaign to get more statues for women. She has been an inspiration to use and a consistent supporter from the start. She writes as follows: “Mary Clarke is one of the great band of wonderful  women who have been ignored by the powers that select those suitable for public commemoration. Civic statues in the UK – and…

A New Banner for Mary

Jenny Engledow is well known in Brighton as a human rights and peace campaigner. What is less well known is that she is an excellent seamstress and embroiderer and has made beautiful banners for a range of causes. Many local people will have seen the beautiful banner Jenny made to celebrate the 2018 Centenary of women’s partial achievement of the Vote. It was based on…

New Mayor offers Support

On Tuesday 23rd June 2020, on a lovely sunny day as lock-down was just beginning to ease, the new Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Alan Robins, in full mayoral robes, visited us at the Royal Pavilion Gardens near the entrance to the Museum. He was there to show his support for the proposed statue for Mary Clarke and was accompanied by the Mayoral Consort…

Obituary for Mary Clarke published in Votes for Women 6th January 1911. 

Introductory Note from Jean Calder This was the text of the Oration delivered at Mary Clarke’s Memorial meeting in Brighton. It is a heart-rending speech, made by Emmeline Pethick Lawrence, a woman  who knew Mary well and who, with Emmeline Pankhurst, was one of the outstanding leaders of the suffrage movement. It identifies Mary as an influential and well-loved leader of the movement, while conveying anger,…

April Newsletter

Coronavirus Covid 19 has driven a coach and horses through many of our plans. We can at least be thankful that, unlike many other charities, we are not delivering a service to vulnerable people which could be put at risk by the pandemic. We were fortunate to have been able to hold our successful concert on 4th March and to have been able to celebrate…

Eminent Historian Elizabeth Crawford O.B.E. joins Charity as Patron

We are thrilled that Elizabeth Crawford, probably the best known British historian of the Suffrage Movement, has agreed to be one of our Patrons. She joins eminent Professor June Purvis, who is an expert on the history of the Pankhursts and wrote acclaimed biographiesof Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst. Elizabeth Crawford is an historian and a dealer in books and ephemera by and about women. Her…

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