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Historic England reveals finalists in monuments ideas contest

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London practice MSMR Architects is among 10 finalists in a competition to design speculative monuments commemorating a part of England’s history

Historic England named the company among designers, artists and historians who will receive a grant to develop their proposals ahead of a public exhibition.

The heritage body ran the competition as part of its Immortalised season, which is exploring the variety of ways people and events have been commemorated around the world.

It follows a number of heated debates over the creation and removal of statues and monuments around the world, including whether London should erect a new statue to late former prime minister, Margaret Thatcher and whether memorials to Cecil Rhodes should remain at the University of Cape Town and at Oriel College Oxford.

The selected designs in Historic England’s competition will feature in the Immortalised exhibition at The Workshop on Lambeth High Street in London from 3 September. There are no plans for a permanent memorial.

The full list of finalists is: 

Project NameOrganisation

Making the invisible visible – Rosalind Franklin

Jim Bond

A Long Shadow Over London

Studio Mash

The Discarded Children

Kunyalala Ndlovu

The Common Chorus – Death and Remembrance Sound

Studio Mash and Sam Morley Design

The Long Line

Katrina Porteous

Commemorating the Mining Community of the Kent Coalfields

Studio Evans Lane 

Contextualising Colston

MSMR Architects

Helen Sharman – The First Britain in Space

Kyle Ian Dawney Design 

Friction Match – John Walker Commemoration

Stamatis Zografos

We Will Be Dead Tings

Abondance Matanda

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