From the 1870s to the early 1900s Manchester’s rich elite donated portrait busts of public figures they admired to decorate the newly built town hall. The statues of notable men selected for display – mainly clergymen and politicians – reinforced the gender roles and restrictions of the time.
We’re yarnbombing eight of the town hall statues to draw attention to the accomplishments of some women we admire, all of whom have strong links to Greater Manchester. Craft maestro Helen Davies has been busy crocheting masks representing our heroines, while historian and curator Jenny White has been swotting up about their lives.
24 February to 9 March 2014 the masks and biographies will adorn the eight marble man statues which line Manchester Town Hall entrance corridor.