Dear Members and Friends of the Clerkenwell Green Preservation Society!
You may be aware of the idea of erecting a statue of Sylvia Pankhurst on Clerkenwell Green. Here is some background information:
o The Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial Committee has first suggested to place the statue on Parliament square. However, this was refused by Westminster Council. Clerkenwell Green is therefore “second choice” at best.
o Sylvia Pankhurst clearly deserves a statue. In fact, she is fortunate in the number of her memorials that do already exist: At her birthplace outside Manchester; in the East End of London where she pursued her public works; and, on leaving London in middle age to live with her son in Ethiopia, she has a memorial at her place of death. What is particularly pleasing is that Emily’s face is now shown, together with other suffragists, at the base of the new statue of Millicent Fawcett on Parliament Square, unveiled in this year commemorating the centenary of women having the Vote. The Pankhurst Women will never be forgotten.
o However: Sylvia Pankhurst has no connection to Clerkenwell Green whatsoever (except having visited on occasion the Mark library). She didn’t speak there - unlike the many celebrated persons, from Wat Tyler to William Gladstone, who have spoken on the Green for our laws and liberties.
Fund-raising for the statue is currently in process. Should sufficient funding be raised for a new statue of with a view to its siting on Clerkenwell Green, the Clerkenwell Green Preservation Society is planning to object on the grounds given above.