Public Statues: Females

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Fisheries, Flooding and Water)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of creating a register of male and female statues to chart progress towards greater female representation.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Historic England, Government's adviser on the Historic Environment have been working to address the absence of statues and monuments that represent women through their Immortalised and HerStories seasons. They have also been relisting sites on the National Heritage List for England to acknowledge the role women have played. They will continue to seek out and share further stories that celebrate women’s achievements while asking how memorialisation might look in the future as statues are only one method that can be used.

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