Activist - Feminist - Bird Lover
A statue for
Founder of the RSPB
Own a Limited Edition Bronze Maquette!
A major part of our fundraising campaign for the statue is the sale of a limited number of the statue design. Created by our wonderful artist Eve Shepherd each maquette (as they are known) is cast in bronze. The design stands 40 cm high and comes with an authentication certificate and is engraved with the limited edition number. From 23rd July to 3rd August 2023 the design will be touring the RSPB reserves in Eastern England. More details to follow Or e mail email@example.com for more details.
Emily Williamson, 34, was so horrified by the fashion for feathered hats that she launched a campaign to halt the plumage trade. She invited her friends to tea at her home in Didsbury, Manchester, and asked them to sign a pledge to wear no feathers. And so the Society for the Protection of Birds was born. The year was 1889.
All of its members were women.
In 1921, following a 30 year campaign, the Plumage Act was passed, ending the trade in exotic bird skins. Vulnerable species began to recover. And the RSPB moved onto other campaigns and issues.
Emily Williamson's story faded from the history of conservation.
We think this inspirational woman, founder of the UK’s largest conservation charity, deserves to be remembered. That's why we’re launching a competition for a statue to honour her legacy, to be erected near her home in Manchester. Find out more here.