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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Snap women statues

Following on from my snap collection last week of women statues in Edinburgh I found another three that are accessible - although I had to research online to discover the stories behind them.


On the left - this is on the highstreet of the town where I go linedancing.  The woman is Jackie Crookston who in 1797 was shot by soldiers in a riot in the town following a protest against military conscription.  I can't find anything about why she out of the 12 was used for the statue or why this historic incident was chosen for a statue

In the middle is a statue to commemorate 'Edinburgh's opposition to apartheid in South Africa' - but there is no explanation of what that opposition was nor who this woman is

On the right is a statue that is outside a local library to commemorate the work of Helen Crummy who in the 1960s established local music and art programmes for local children after the school would not provide music lessons for her son.  The resulting community arts festival is still going strong and is copied worldwide.

I'll keep my eye out for more statues of women.

A heads up - I won't be around to see all your lovely snaps until next month.

11 comments:

Maggie said...

Interesting statues with fascinating histories.

Karen said...

Love the stories behind the statues.

Sian said...

I think these are wonderful. You have the makings of a new series all on its own here.

Patio Postcards said...

Women being brave is an excellent SNAP collection. Like you I am always intrigued about the stories behind the people statues. So many whys as to who decided on these particular woman, maybe the artist's sight/history would tell more. Your first statue looks like a woman with great conviction, the powerful raised arm protecting a child, the future! Then the opposite of the lady sitting quietly reaching out knowledge to a child, the future. We ladies have it covered!

Ruth said...

What a collection you're uncovering! I particularly like the last one.

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

I am always drawn to statues of women.

Miriam said...

I love the stories behind the statues, a great snap collection Helena. Whatever you are doing, have a good time. x

marshaleith said...

cool statues..but it always bugs me when I can't find anything about the history behind the statue!!

Missus Wookie said...

Oh how cool to see this collection. I like finding out the stories behind the ones I see too.

Lady Ella said...

Agree with all of the above - this is a great theme.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Fabulous collection!