Missing Statue

above the north porch of The Church of St John, Maddermarket

Over 16’s Competition Statue
Missing Statue

Missing Statue

above the north porch of The Church of St John, Maddermarket

Over 16’s Competition Statue
Unknown

Written by who?
Perhaps by you!

The reformation left scars upon many churches and we have chosen to explore one of these empty spaces (or ‘missing statues) for our Over 16’s writing competition statue.

The Church of St John Maddermarket is an unusual city centre church, with an explosive history! Who could or should stand here above the north porch, looking out over the churchyard, and what story would they have to tell?

In line with Heritage Open Days (HoDs) Extraordinary Women Theme,  we have decided to take this opportunity to celebrate Norwich’s impressive lineage of radical women, which includes Boudicca, Elizabeth Fry and Harriet Martineau.

The theme is, in part, a recognition of the centenary of the Universal Suffrage Act. But alongside celebrating the unique achievements of the suffragists, HoD’s are also encouraging us to tell the stories of the hundreds and thousands of other women who have changed our lives, in both large and small ways over time.

Less than 20% of UK statues are of women, and we would like to do our bit to address this!

So, we are stipulating that our Missing Statue has the voice of a woman. She may be alive or dead, a human being or a very different creature, that’s up to you!

For all competition details see the National Centre for Writing website here.

Learn more about St John’s Maddermarket and its relationship with the Merchants, Mayors and Sheriffs of Norwich. Come in on an open day to discover their explorer bags and family friendly art and craft activities. The Churches Conservation Trust look after the Church and more information about their work and the Church can be found on their website  (https://www.visitchurches.org.uk/visit/church-listing/st-john-maddermarket.html)

This activity is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England