+ est. £821.50
To raise funds to commission a statue of Dr Elsie Inglis (1864 -1917) to be sited on the Royal Mile, within Edinburgh's world Heritage site
by OneCity Trust in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Progress to date
After raising our initial target of £50,000 to commission the statue for Dr Elsie Inglis on the Royal Mile, we are stunned by the current rise in the costs for bronze to create a statue.
The campaign ‘Statue for Elsie Inglis’ has now successfully registered as a charity and our mission is to ensure the heritage and history of Dr Elsie Inglis is commemorated with a statue. Our fundraising must continue to meet the additional costs of bronze plus to possibly fund a plinth. In addition, we are looking to offer a digital option to become part of the learning legacy, carrying information about Dr Elsie Inglis, the work of The Scottish Women's Hospitals and the achievements of the many pioneering women involved.
The site of the statue will be at 219 High Street on Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile where her hospice opened its doors in 1904 to the city’s poorest women and babies.
This will be the first statue of a woman on the Royal Mile amongst a dozen, honouring men, the date has been set for the unveiling of November 2024 and we are determined to make this happen. Elsie’s statue will also become a constant reminder of the often forgotten contribution of women throughout our city’s history.
How you can get involved
To be a part of our historic campaign, you can contribute now to our Crowdfunder by clicking the ‘support us’ link.
Please donate as much as you can by clicking the 'Support us now' button!
History of the Campaign
In 2017 The Rt. Hon. Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, Frank Ross, set up a fundraising campaign with support from the OneCity Trust, Mercat Tours International and Edinburgh Evening News, following the 100th anniversary of Dr Elsie Inglis’ death, to commemorate her life with a statue in Edinburgh.
Who was Elsie?
Dr Elsie Inglis (1864 – 1917) was an early pioneering Scottish physician and surgeon. In 1894 Elsie set up her own medical practice and a hospice for women in Edinburgh. She was an ardent Suffragist and campaigner for women’s medical education.
In 1914 she defied the War Office after being told ‘Go home and sit still’ and founded the Scottish Women’s Hospitals for Foreign Service, sending qualified teams of female doctors and nurses, auxiliaries and drivers to 11 countries including France, Serbia and Russia helping thousands of soldiers and civilians who were caught up in the horror of war.