Mary Barbour (1875–1958), Scottish political activist and community leader. She led the 1915 rent strike in the city of Glasgow when women in ‘Mrs Barbour’s Army’ marched alongside male workers to protest at unscrupulous property owners putting up rents and evicting tenants who could not pay. The campaign was successful and led to the Rent Restriction Act (1915). This sculpture, which was erected by the Remember Mary Barbour Association, depicts Barbour leading her ‘army’. In 1920 she was elected one of Glasgow’s first women councillors. In 1924 she became Glasgow Corporation’s first Bailie and was one of the first women magistrates in Glasgow. She championed issues such as maternity benefit, education and equal voting rights and she established Glasgow’s first family planning clinic.
Location: Govan Cross, Glasgow.
Dame Margaret Beckett, DBE (b.1943), Labour party politician, MP for Derbyshire since 1983 and briefly interim Leader 1992-94. It forms part of the sculptor’s series,’Women who have made a difference.’
Location: Recepton Area, Universal Skills Suite, University of Derby.
Dr Erinma Bell
Dr Erinma Bell MBE (b.1965), anti-violence campaigner recognised for her work tackling gun crime in Moss Side and Longsight, Manchester. With her husband she set up CARISMA (Community Alliance for Renewal, Inner South Manchester) now part of Chrysalis, which gives young people other options than street and gun crime. The portrait bust was cast from metal recycled from 50 guns obtained by the Greater Manchester Police. Her portrait bust is the first-ever sculpture of a woman in Manchester Town Hall.
Location: Manchester Town Hall (temporarily housed in Manchester Central Library, while the Town Hall is refurbished).
Floella Benjamin, Baroness Benjamin, DBE (b.1949), Trinidadian-British television presenter, author and politician. The University of Exeter commemorated her successful tenure as Chancellor with this portrait bust. Benjamin said: ‘I am delighted that my 10 fantastic years as Chancellor of the University of Exeter will be celebrated with this wonderful sculpture… .’ The sculpture was unveiled at a special ceremony on the Streatham Campus in 2017.
Location: Exeter University, Devon.
Cilla Black (Priscilla Maria Veronica White OBE) (1943-2015), singer and television presenter. This statue, which was commissioned by her sons, Robert, Ben and Jack Willis, is sited outside the Cavern Club (rebuilt) in Liverpool, where Cilla first worked as a part-time cloakroom attendant and later used to perform. The figure stands on a disc, based on a real 45 record, of her No.1 single ‘You’re My World’. Her dress reflecting the designs of 60s fashion designer Mary Quant comprises squares depicting images and text, such as catchphrases and song lyrics, from Cilla’s life and career.
Location: Outside the Cavern Club, Mathew Street, Liverpool.
Catherine Booth (1829–1890), co-founder of the Salvation Army with her husband William (1829-1912), whom she married in 1855, Booth believed women had the same right to preach as men. In 1859 she wrote a pamphlet, Female Ministry: Woman’s Right to Preach the Gospel and delivered her first sermon at Gateshead a year later. Known as the ‘Mother of the Salvation Army’ she made extensive lecture tours and held evangelical rallies. She played a key role in the campaign for the Criminal Law Amendment Act against teenage prostitution. A pacifist, she opposed war and blood-sport. The statue pairs with that of her husband also by George Wade at the same location. There are later identical casts of their statues in fibreglass (2015) on Mile End Road, London.
Location: Forecourt William Booth College, Southwark Champion Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5.
Catherine Booth (1829-1890), co-founder of the Salvation Army with her husband William. This 2015 fibreglass cast of the statue of Booth in Denmark Hill was donated by the women of the US Salvation Army to mark the Army’s 150th anniversary.
Location: Mile End Road, London E1.
Catherine Booth (1829-1890) , co-founder of the Salvation Army with her husband William. This is a fibreglass copy commissioned by Derbyshire Dales District Council to replace a bronze bust which had been stolen. The bronze bust was cast by the Morris Singer foundry and was broadly based on the full-size statue by George Edward Wade (1853-1933) at Denmark Hill, London, which they had first cast in 1929. The lost bronze bust was unveiled on Easter Sunday 1962 and was Grade II listed in 1974. Booth was born in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Location: War Memorial Gardens, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Mrs Sophie Booth
Mrs Sophie Booth (‘The Shell Lady’), artist and seaside landlady of the painter JMW Turner (1775-1851). This bronze statue, entitled, Mrs Booth, was unveiled in 2008.
Location: The Harbour Arm, Old Town, Margate, Kent.
Betty Boothroyd (b.1929) was MP for West Bromwich and West Bromwich West 1973-2000. The only woman to have been Speaker of the House of Commons. In 1994, she was appointed as the first woman Chancellor of the Open University (OU), she retired in 2006. The bronze portrait was commissioned by the OU in 2001 and forms part of the sculptor’s series, ‘Women who have made a difference’.
Location: Open University's main reception, University Walton Hill Campus, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.