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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Margaret Thatcher

Photo: Matt Brown, CC by-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Sculptor: Douglas Jennings MRSS (b. 1966)

Materials: Statue: bronze; plinth: granite

Dimensions: Statue: h. 320 cm.; plinth h. 500 cm. (approx)

Unveiled: 31 May 2022 by the Mayor of Grantham, Graham Jeal.

Erected: 15 May 2022

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven (1925-2013) was a Conservative politician, who entered the House of Commons in 1959 as MP for Finchley in North London. She was Secretary of State for Education and Science (1970-74) and became leader of the Conservative Party in 1975. The following year she gave a speech vehemently criticizing communism, which resulted in her nickname ‘The Iron Lady’. Thatcher became the first female prime minister in Europe when she took office in 1979 and went on to win three consecutive terms, she was the only British prime minister to do so in the 20th century. Following her resignation as prime minister in 1990 she remained an MP until 1992, when she was made a life peer and entered the House of Lords. Douglas Jennings has depicted her in this statue wearing the full ceremonial robes of the House of Lords. Thatcher became a member of the Order of the Garter in 1995.

Commissioned by the Public Memorials Appeal The Baroness Thatcher Memorial was controversially rejected for installation in Parliament Square, London by Westminster Council on the grounds of ‘monument saturation’. It was subsequently erected in Grantham, where Thatcher was born and spent her childhood. Thatcher was a divisive figure, as a result this statue has had a mixed reception from the public and has been the target of vandalism.

Location: St Peter's Hill Green, Grantham, Lincs.