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Plansto site abronzestatueofthe country’s first female Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven LG,in Granthamwereunveiled at a special event at the town’s museum on Wednesday 21 November.
A display outlining details of theproposalby Grantham Community Heritage Association (GCHA), which runsthe museum, South Kesteven District Council and The Public Memorials Appeal is on show.
The sculptor, Douglas Jennings,who is critically acclaimed andrenowned for producing highly detailed bronzes, portraits and sculptures,was alsopresentto talk about his work.
The organisations saythe statuewillnot only be a fitting tribute to a unique political figure, butthat it willalsoprovide a welcome boost to the town’s economy from visitors on both sides of the debate who come to find out more about her legacy.
The proposal is for the 10.5ft statue, standing on a 10.5ft plinth, to be erected onthe green space onSt Peter’s Hill.The planning application will be considered by SKDC’s Development Management Committee.
Thestatue has been paid for by The Public Memorials Trust, a charity that aims to commission and erect memorials of historically important people.Money raised by the GCHA MargaretThatcher Appeal willhelp deliver the statue.Nopublic funds havebeen used.
Margaret Thatcher (nee Roberts) was born and raised in Grantham and attended Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, before gaining a scholarship to study at Oxford University. Her father Alfred, a grocer, was Mayor from 1945 to 1946. She entered the House of Lords in 1992.
Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. Five-and-a-halfyears on from her death in April 2013,hersocial and economic legacy continues to divide opinion, with strong feelings on both sides of thedebate.
David Burling,GCHA Trustee,said:“The debate about Margaret Thatcher’s legacy looks set tocontinue for generations to come. We want the Grantham Museum to be where that debate happens.
“We believe full planning permission for the statue willnot onlysecure the future of the museum forthe next 10 years but allow us to develop and improveourpermanent Margaret Thatcher exhibition which is viewed by thousands of visitors each year.
“We will continue to raise money for the statue project and every penny donated will help to tell the story of Margaret Thatcher in the Grantham Museum.”
The Leader of South Kesteven District Council, Councillor Matthew Lee, said: “Margaret Thatcher was undoubtedly an enormous political figure,both nationally and internationally, anddeserves to be recognised in her home town.
“I welcome the work being done to create a permanent memorial to Grantham’s most famous daughter.”
The Sculptor, Douglas Jennings, said: “It wasa great privilegeto work with Ivan Saxton of The Public Memorials Appealtocreate and capture the essence ofMargaretThatcher,one of the UKs most recognised political leaders.
“Dressed in the Baronial Gown of Kesteven and wearing the chain of the Order of the Garter, I think it is appropriate that she has amemorial in the heart of the historic region of Kesteven.”
You can donate to the project by clicking below, in person at the Museum or by cheque made payable to Grantham Community Heritage Association.
Grantham Writers is launching its second annual book festival this November,following the success of last year’s inaugural event.
Grantham Book Festival 2018 will be held atGrantham MuseumonSt Peter’s Hill on November 3rdfrom 10am until 4pm.
Newfor this yearis a poetry slam,where participants willbe able to compete for thecashprize of£100.The competition will be hosted by multi award winning poet Sue Gerrard alongside Peter Clawson, one of the founding members of Grantham Writers.There will be asmallcharge of £3 per poem(with a maximum of three entries per person)and thegroup is keen to encourage writers of all ages and abilities, from across the East Midlands, to take part.
Visitors to thebook festivalwill also be able to enjoysix talksfromlocalauthors, who will be reading extracts from their books, answering questions and carrying out book signings throughout the day.
Confirmed authorsincludeLisa J Rivers who has published a number of books, including popular poetry collectionWhy I have so Many Cats?, as well asGrantham Writers ownRiis Marshall.Riis is currently working on the follow up to his first published novel –apolitical thrillercalledNudge Nudge Wink Wink Die,which follows the adventures of Os Doran,aClose Protection Security Consultant.
In addition, there willbe 24 stalls,selling a wide variety of books and some gifts.
Peter Clawsonsaid, “We are thrilled to be holding our second annual book festival andare in the process of getting a great line up of authors involved.
“The event will be a fantastic way to celebrate the local writing talent that we have in and around Grantham,as well as provide a platform to encourage and inspire morewritersin the area to share their work.
This selling exhibition on the fascinating life and oeuvre of T.E. Lawrence, created by Type & Forme, is open to the public at the Grantham Museum from 4-27 October 2018 during Museum opening hours (see below). Lawrence’s Lincolnshire connections and the portraits made for Seven Pillars of Wisdom are among the highlights.
The Interactive Science Salon which is being held at Grantham Museum as part of the Gravity Fields Festival has received a National Lottery grant of £29,500 made possible by money raised by National Lottery players.
An electronic globe takes centre stage of a packed programme at the Science Salon in Grantham Museum. The globe features the voyages of Lincolnshire-born botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who, 250 years ago, travelled with Captain Cook on HMS Endeavour to Australia.
Volunteers in Grantham have been working at the Museum to research the Banks voyages to Newfoundland, Australia and Iceland to create the interactive globe with Edinburgh based specialist designers Pufferfish.
Grantham Museum is also hosting a display of drawings by Lincolnshire philosopher William Stukeley, who lived in Grantham for 4 years from 1726 to 1730.
There is also an exhibition of antiquarian books by Grantham-based specialists Type and Forme, and a flower show organised by Sue Hodgson of Flowers by Holland with members of the Grantham Flower Club – all inspired by the countries visited by HMS Endeavour.
Talks and discussions include the opportunity to meet TV, radio and theatre scriptwriter Louise Page who will be hosting a Tea Talk each day at Grantham Museum from Wednesday 26-Saturday 29 September and sharing history and science daily from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.
The project is managed by heritage and arts production company Fete Day led by the Gravity Fields Festival Curator Rosemary Richards.
She has focused on the legacy of Sir Joseph Banks, who grew up at Revesby Abbey. Research on the project involved visits to Revesby, the Joseph Banks Centre and Society in Horncastle and Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, where Banks and Sir Isaac Newton were members.
In 1768, when HMS Endeavour set sail, Banks already had the experience of an earlier voyage to explore Newfoundland. He later funded his own voyage to Iceland.
David Burling, Director of Grantham Museum, said: “We are very proud to be hosting these events for the Gravity Fields festival and look forward to welcoming everyone to the Interactive Science Salon.”
Jonathan Platt who is Head of HLF East Midlands adds ‘it is great that were have been able to support this exciting and innovative project with funding from National Lottery players’