Our aim is simple – to celebrate the Women of Bedford, by installing the first public work of art in the town of a female, in recognition of the significant contribution they have made, and continue to make, to the borough in politics, the arts, business, education, health, social care and science.

Despite a wealth of strong, high-achieving women in our history, not one of the 11 existing works of public art in Bedford is of a female. This is a common theme across the country.

We have selected one of the town’s most passionate advocates of women’s equality – a strong and enigmatic woman who was head of the local school, a business leader, educationalist, suffragette and politician. Amy Walmsley deserves a place amongst the celebrated leaders in the town’s history.

Alongside raising fund to make the statue a reality, we are initiating projects that involved the community, particularly local schools with the aim of providing new opportunities, raising awareness of amazing achievements of Bedford women, past and present, and inspiring the next generation.

In the video below Rachael Rogan explain why:

Why a statue for Bedford?

If you would like to donate you can via our kickstarter funding pageĀ Amy and the Women of Bedford Statue.

or if you would like to get involved and help with fundraising or events please email: womenofbedford@gmail.com