Standing In This Place by Rachel Carter

Standing In This Space is a community-driven sculpture celebrating the Midlands’ rich cultural heritage that will be placed in the Green Heart of the new Broad Marsh redevelopment. A space where people from Nottingham can come, relax and connect with each other, and will be one of the first areas new visitors to the city will see.

Standing In This Place addresses the contribution of women from the cotton mills and factories in the Midlands to the enslaved working in the cotton fields in America and the Caribbean. The challenging history of the Midlands and our global connections is one that should not be hidden. Through retelling the stories of our ancestors we have the chance to educate not miseducate about the contributions that the working class and enslaved labour force have made to the Midlands.

We’re hoping to prompt questions about our shared history, uncover stories and provide an opportunity to learn from the past and have open conversations. We want to bring people together and challenge the perspective of the industrial landscape of the Midlands, its stories of enslaved labour and those of its working classes.

We need your support to raise money to fund the bronze casting stage of the sculpture. Company donations above £15,000 will receive a gift of a limited edition bronze sculpture and your name prominently displayed alongside the sculpture carved in stone. 

Individuals can donate from as little as £10, add gift aid to top up your donation or why not have your name carved in stone too, check out how to support for more information.

How to support:

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Help us celebrate and provide opportunities for open conversations and learning for now and future generations.