The time is right for first public Statue of Britain's first out modern lesbian, Anne Lister of Halifax.

  • by: Ama Menec
  • recipient: Claire Slattery Cultural Services Manager Calderdale Council

Did you know that only 3% of Britain's public sculptures are to named women, and none at all are to out and named Lesbians? The time is right, indeed, long over due, for a public statue of Anne Lister, the first Modern British Lesbian!

Anne Lister (1791 – 1840) was exceptional in everything she did. A highly educated scholar at a time when women were not allowed to attend universities, a polyglot, intrepid traveller, hill walker, mountaineer, industrialist, entrepreneur, phenomenal diarist and openly a lover of women, all this in the Regency and early Victorian eras. Visitors to her home at Shibden Hall will find out about her life, but there is no public recognition or tribute to this extraordinary woman in her home town of Halifax, West Yorkshire or anywhere else in the UK.

Bronze sculptor (and lesbian history tutor) Ama Menec has sent a proposal to Calderdale Council for a dynamic life sized statue of Anne Lister for Shibden Hall which she intends to make as a tribute to this remarkable lesbian, but Calderdale Council need persuading that there is a public need for such a sculpture. Ama believes she can secure funding to make and to install this public sculpture at little or no costs to Calderdale Council.

Please sign this petition and share it with friends if you would like to see a public statue, the first of its kind in the UK, commissioned by Calderdale Council of the remarkable Anne Lister. Thank you. Feel free to comment why this is important to you as well, thanks. You can find out more about Anne Lister on and please do invite your friends to 'like' this page too, thank you.

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