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The Remember Mary Barbour Association aims to create a lasting memorial to one of Glasgow’s greatest heroes.

We are at an exciting stage of the campaign to raise a statue of Mary Barbour. After a call for tender over the summer in September 2015 we shortlisted five sculptors.

  • Andrew Brown
  • Mark Longworth
  • Kenneth Mackay
  • Roddy McDowall
  • Morag McLean

The sculptors have each now produced a maquette (a small model) created to illustrate their vision of a statue to commemorate Mary Barbour.

The maquettes were unveiled to the public at an event at the Pearce Institute in Govan at 18.30 on Tuesday 17 November 2015, the centenary of the great Rent Strike demonstration.

The Maquette Tour

The Remember Mary Barbour Association wants the public to view the maquettes both on-line and on tour.

The Remember Mary Barbour maquettes are home in Govan for Christmas and you can see them at Elder Park Library at normal times and at the following times:

Elderpark Opening times:
21 Dec, 1-8pm
22 Dec, 10-5pm
23 Dec, 1-8pm
29 Dec, 10-5pm
30 Dec, 10-5pm

There will also further public showings in January and February 2016 at venues including Riverside Museum, Fairfield Heritage Centre, Wheatley House and the Scottish Parliament.

Dates and times to be announced soon.

Full details via the Remember Mary Barbour Association website.

The Maquette Tour so far

The maquettes have been on tour from 17 November as below:

Unveiling of maquettes, Pearce Institute, Govan – 17 November 2015

Elder Park Library, Govan – Wednesday 18 November – Friday 20 November

The People’s Palace, Glasgow Green – Saturday 21 November – Sunday 22 November

Fairfield Heritage Centre, Govan – Tuesday 24 November – Friday 4 December

with a trip out to:

Govan loves Christmas event, Govan Cross – Wednesday 2 December (2-6pm)

Glasgow Women’s Library – Monday 7 December – Thursday 17 December



Mary Barbour on the BBC Scotland John Beattie show

Great news. The story of Mary Barbour and the Rent Strikes is to feature in BBC Radio Scotland’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

The story of the Rent Strikes will be broadcast during the John Beattie programme at lunchtime on Tuesday, 25 February, between noon and 1.30pm. Slightly shorter versions of it are expected to feature on Good Morning Scotland and Newsdrive.

The story of Mary Barbour’s campaign against rapacious landlords during World War I is one of a series of stories the BBC is telling to commemorate the 1914-18 conflict. Other stories include: the Zeppelin raids on Edinburgh; Montrose Air Station; Carl Lody, a German spy in Scotland; the conscientious objectors held in Dyce Camp; John Meikle VC, Nitshill Railway Clerk; the Perthshire Patriotic Barrow; and Stobs Camp in Hawick.

Maria Fyfe on Woman’s Hour

Please listen to former Glasgow MP Maria Fyfe talking about why Mary Barbour deserves recognition, both on the streets of her home city by way of a statue, and in the history books along the other – male – heroes of Red Clydeside.

You can listen to the interview on BBC iplayer – the interview starts about 13 minutes in.

Mary Barbour on Woman’s Hour

Great news. Today on BBC Radio 4, Maria Fyfe will be on Woman’s Hour to talk about the Remember Mary Barbour campaign. This is a brilliant development, and just shows how much interest there is in this great lady, and the campaign to generate funds to have a statue raised in her honour.

Catch the interview from 10am, or catch it on iplayer.