Building the Baroness: Sam Holland to hold festival workshop

Published Thursday 13 June 2019 at 16:49

Sam Holland, who has been commissioned to create the Baroness Castle statue, will be at the Festival of Making all weekend (15 – 16 June) holding workshops for the public.

The public will have the chance to experiment with clay sculpting using techniques and skills Sam will use in the creation of the Barbara Castle statue.

The Council launched the campaign to celebrate the contribution the Baroness made to the borough, which she served as MP for 34 years, and the country as a whole.

The aim is to have a celebratory unveiling on 6 October 2020, on what would have been her 110th birthday.

Watch the video below to see former MP Jack Straw in an interview about the campaign, with a short insight into Baroness Castle’s life.

Sam Holland will be at the Festival of Making on Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 6pm, across from King George’s Hall.

Members of the public are invited to contribute to the cost of the statue via where you can leave a donation.

If you would like to leave a larger donation or want to share details of memorabilia or special memories, contact Julia Simpson at or call 01254 588598.


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