Brian Haw memorial

by Brian Haw Memorial in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Brian Haw memorial

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Fundraising to install a small statue of peace campaigner Brian Haw, as a permanent symbol of protest for peace at a significant London site

by Brian Haw Memorial in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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On the 13th March 2023 we'd raised £17,611 with 958 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Brian Haw (1949-2011) was one of the most visible, influential, determined and adhesive peace campaigners of our times. In June 2001, he began a peace protest at Parliament Square in Westminster, where he remained for nearly ten years. This campaign aims to fund the installation of a small statue of Brian, facing the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth, creating a permanent symbol of protest for peace.

Brian Haw maintained a noisy presence at Westminster, camped on the grass directly outside the Houses of Parliament. Initially inspired by the war in Iraq and UK and US foreign policy, his peace campaign became an unavoidable accompaniment for MPs as they made their way to and from their place of work. Brian’s protests were joined by the likes of the Stop the War coalition, whose 2003 march through London against the Iraq war brought two million people to the city’s streets.  

In spite of many attempts to curtail and quieten his protest and have him moved and removed, Brian Haw’s personal conviction to raise awareness of human suffering due to war saw him remain at Westminster until just a few months before his death in 2011.

To honour the personal sacrifice of Brian Haw in the name of peace, a group of supporters and friends, including fellow campaigner Michael Culver and actor Mark Rylance, has formed to create a permanent reminder of his work and character. We are appealing to members of the public to contribute £1, or more, in order to raise the £50,000 required to cover the costs of the creation and installation of the statue. Our hopes are high; if just a fraction of the people who took part in the 2003 march can support us, for example, we will be able to continue the protest and ensure that the figure of Brian Haw returns to London once again.

The 78cm high statue, sculpted by artist Amanda Ward, will sit within an exterior alcove on the School of Historical Dress at 52 Lambeth Road, just outside the exclusion zone created in 2005 in an attempt by authorities to move Brian away from the seat of government.  

52 Lambeth Road is address with an absorbing and truly relevant history; originally the Royal South London Medical Dispensary, the building became part of Bethlem psychiatric hospital in 1918, operating the first mental health outpatients’ department in the country, often used for the treatment of First World War soldiers suffering from shellshock. Since 2016, it has been home to the School of Historical Dress.

The new statue is just the latest example of Brian Haw’s influence reaching beyond his patch of central London grass. His actions encouraged many others to camp and protest at Westminster, bringing powerful, argumentative voices to the heart of UK politics and the horrors of war into focus for politicians, citizens and media here and across the world. Now, we want this to be a further expression of the continued, widespread wishes for peace from the people on our islands.

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Image of Brian Haw at top of the page (c) Richard Wolff

Image of the statue (c) Amanda Ward

Image of 2003 march by William M. Connolley on en.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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