Grantham Museum will mark the first anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s death next month by opening on a Tuesday to allow people to see the condolence books signed by more than 3,000 people.
The museum will open on Tuesday, April 8, to enable visitors to pay their respects. They will also be able to see a bronze bust of the Grantham-born former Prime Minister by eminent artist Lisa Hawker that will be displayed in the museum from April 4 to 30 in recognition of the anniversary.
Hawker has built her reputation as an artist and sculptor over two decades, having extended the media she works in from paint to clay. Inspired by the success of her bronze bust of the 18th Century poet and novelist Robert Buchanan for Southend Borough Council, she set about creating a likeness of the most iconic woman in British politics.
Lisa sculpted the bust over four months, before having the piece forged into bronze and this will be the first time it is on public view. There is currently only one artist copy available. It is anticipated that ‘Margaret’ will be produced in a limited edition of nine, with two artist copies eventually. The cost of each copy at 2014 prices is £25,000.
Museum chairman Helen Goral said: “As the first anniversary approaches, it is appropriate that her home town mark the occasion and offers visitors an opportunity to learn more about her life before, during, and after her time as the first female Prime Minister of Great Britain.”
Helen added: “It seems like only yesterday that the death of Margaret Thatcher was announced to the world, and here we are nearly a year on getting ready to commemorate the first anniversary of her passing.
“Grantham Museum has changed almost beyond recognition from this time last year, not least due to the extensive exhibition on Baroness Thatcher we now have on display. We have gone from a single cabinet with a pair of shoes and a handbag to something far more worthy of the internationally renowned icon, and visitor numbers have reflected the public desire to see a more comprehensive exhibition relating to her heritage and achievements.”