We are proud to be supporting a new public campaign to raise funds for a statue of Barbara Castle and we hope that it will be located in the Townscape Heritage area.
The Council originally commissioned a statue of Barbara Castle (1910-2002) for Northgate in 2006 and after a national competition, artist Sam Holland was selected to create the new work. Shortly after she started there was a change in local political leadership and unfortunately the commission was cancelled.
To co-inside with the centenary of women’s suffrage and increasing publicity regarding the under representation of women’s achievements through commemorative statues, a local campaign has now bee launched to resurrect plans for the statue.
One of the best-known politicians of the Twentieth Century and trailblazer for women everywhere, Barbara was M.P. for Blackburn from 1945 – 1979 and the campaign wants to say thank you for everything she did both here in Blackburn and nationally.
The Barbara Castle Trust have already pledged £19,000 towards the statue but much more is still needed to cover the costs of fabrication and installation of the piece.
We’ll be doing everything we can to help, including identifying a suitable location for the statue.
Read more about the campaign and make a donation here. You can also donate in person at Blackburn Visitor Centre or Blackburn Library.
Follow progress of the campaign on Facebook.com/Barbaracastlestatue
See a short video to support the campaign here.