[Note: for more on the Manchester meme, see the Slate article about Manchester Wikipedians Sitush and Eric “C-bomb” Corbett.]
Last summer the city of Manchester discovered that there had been no municipal statue of a woman erected since Queen Victoria. Last summer, The Guardian and the Telegraph reported that a proposal for a new statute had passed, however the public will have to wait until 2019 to see the statue.
Now, thanks to Google, I have discovered how this transpired.
So, did the city council suddenly become convinced of the importance of Mancunian women all on their own? Oh, no. It was done with a crochet crusade. A group of Manchester women decided to yarn-bomb Town Hall man busts with crochet masks of women.
Funny, the Gruniad and the Telegraph neglected to mention that.
According to the local Manchester yarn blog, Warp and Weft:
Our installation aimed to highlight how women’s accomplishments can be ignored, devalued, and written out of history leaving a lack of diverse female role models. Of 640 listed statues in the UK, only 15% are of women and most of those are of monarchs or topless mythological characters.
The group chose eight local women to focus on, and spent a year preparing a crochet installation for Manchester city hall.
Now, I wonder if there are any other Victorian-age Manchester institutions that could benefit from a crochet bombing?
Oh, look, a Manchester Wikimedia meetup.
So here’s who was at this thing:
- @ Mike Peel
- @ HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts?
- @ Julia\talk
- IJA Consider me a maybe. I would also like a reminded please, leave it on my English Wiki talk page. Cheers
- @ Boing! said Zebedee
- @ Sitush
- @ User:Malleus Fatuorum
- @ User:Richerman – reminder please on my wikipedia talkpage
- @ Lifts available from vicinity of Brum. —RexxS 15:31, 14 January 2012 (UTC)
- @ User:Yaris678 – Meeting someone for lunch in the Northern Quarter so could be 1/2 an hour or so late.
- @ Mikołka – not sure yet, but I hope to come 😉
- @ the wub “?!” – Will probably get there about 1.30, trains permitting
- @ JamesBWatson (talk) 11:07, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
- @ Depends on weather. Anthony Appleyard (talk) 09:38, 21 February 2012 (UTC)
- @ The mrs says I’m allowed to attend. Bazonka (talk) 21:58, 21 February 2012 (UTC)
- Hi, this looks interesting/fun, so I may turn up – Matthew Frank Ball (talk) 20:51, 24 February 2012 (UTC)
- @ Would enjoy a tête-à-tête with Mr. Zebedee. Hengistmate (talk) 21:32, 24 February 2012 (UTC)
And with this handy chart here, at the bottom of the page, you can find out even more about all the Wikimedia UK meetings, and who attended them.