A grand day for Congleton: unveiling the statue Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy, Britain’s most radical suffragist

Wright, M. (2022) A grand day for Congleton: unveiling the statue Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy, Britain’s most radical suffragist. Women’s History Review. pp. 1-9. ISSN 1747-583X (In Press)

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Abstract

This viewpoint explores the process and narrative of the erection of a statue of Victorian suffragist Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy (1833-1918) in her home town of Congleton, Cheshire from 2018-2022. The successful fundraising campaign, spearheaded by the Chair and Members of Elizabeth’s Group in Congleton, enabled the redoubtable Wolstenholme Elmy to be ‘rehabilitated’ in the town who had once shunned her for her progressive beliefs – which included ‘free-love’, atheism, republicanism, and pacifism. The article also looks in brief at the ways in which modern memorialisation can, while ‘cancelling’ people previously considered ‘worthy’ of a place in the public sphere, invert the idea to include others, such as Elmy, who were formerly denied an honourable place in history on account of, for example, a dubious moral standing among their contemporaries.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: History, Gender Studies, Wolstenholme Elmy, memorialisation, women’s suffrage, women’s emancipation, statue
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities
Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > History
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Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2022 10:12
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2022 10:22
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/6540

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