Scarborough Civic Society
Looking out for Scarborough

Queen Victoria Statue Restoration Appeal


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The Scarborough Civic Society wish to facilitate the restoration of the statue of Queen Victoria, which enjoys a prominent position next to the Town Hall in Scarborough town centre. We believe that the restoration of the Statue will be a lasting memorial to Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.

Our project has been shortlisted for a public vote in Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative! Vote for us to win the top prize in store! Vote in Tesco stores 1 to 31 December 2016 to help us secure a Tesco Bags of Help grant. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The scheme sees three community groups and projects in each of around 200 Tesco regions awarded grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

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The Grade II listed structure is one of only seven original bronze statues of Queen Victoria by English sculptor, Charles Bell Birch. All seven were based on an original Carrara marble statue of Queen Victoria, which Birch was commissioned to make for the Maharana of Oodeypore (Udaipur) in India in 1887 to commemorate the monarch’s Golden Jubilee.
As well as Scarborough, bronze versions are located at Blackfriars Bridge in London, Derby Royal Infirmary, Newcastle Under Lyme, Aberdeen, Guernsey and Adelaide in Australia.
Unfortunately, as you can see (picture left), after decades of being subject to an unforgiving coastal climate, the Scarborough statue is in poor condition. We understand that the cost to restore it would be at least £15,000 and could be considerably more depending on the technique used. If you  wish to support this project please send your donation to the following:

Or Cheques payable to ‘Scarborough Civic Society’ can be sent to PO Box 151, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 4YJ

or pay online to:      Scarborough Civic Society, HSBC Bank

Sort Code 40-40-22

A/C No 61630776

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