in Manchester
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This chapter explores public statuary in Greater Manchester, highlighting changing ideas about the types of figures who should be commemorated and the forms this might take. Starting with traditional statues of royalty and political grandees, it then explores attempts to make statues more relatable and relevant. These include crowdfunded statues of popular entertainment figures (including the comedians Frank Sidebottom and Victoria Wood) and a new statue of Emmeline Pankhurst, which was chosen following a public vote. It highlights work by artists and activists to address the historic gender imbalance in those the city has chosen to commemorate.


Something rich and strange


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