In early 2004 a statue was proposed in memory of the founder of the Morgan Motor Company - the UK‟s sole remaining British owned car manufacturer in Malvern, Worcestershire where Morgan cars have been hand built for over 100 years. This resulted in the design for a life size "living statue" of founder H.F.S. Morgan, his son and the iconic Morgan 4/4. The statue by the UK‟s leading sculptor, Leslie Johnson FRBS, supported by English Heritage, received planning permission to be located outside the Priory Gatehouse built in 1480, is set to become a major tourist attraction in the West Midlands and the UK. (Ref: www.morgan-statue.org)
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Morgan Statue Foundation
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When the project was initiated in 2004, funding was not considered to be a problem as Arts Council England indicated to the Chairman that the statue would “very likely” attract an 80% maximum grant from them through the National Lottery. However, after London was awarded the 2012 Olympic Games, National Lottery funding has been prioritised to this event. The maximum possible grant from this source is now expected to be £100,000.
The statue will be placed in the centre of Malvern at the open pedestrian area on the north side of Malvern Priory Gatehouse, a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Grade II Listed Building dating back to 1480 offering easy public access and close to the renowned Abbey Hotel. The statue will be placed outside of the Malvern Museum (housed in the Gatehouse). It is planned that a bronze "paving stone" or plaque nearby would provide a brief Morgan Motor Company history.
The statue will life size, featuring a 1958 Morgan 4/4 with founder H.F.S. Morgan standing alongside son Peter Morgan sitting at the wheel. This format has been agreed by the Malvern Authorities and English Heritage as the best format, having a strong impact. This format has captured the imagination of the public and is strongly supported by Morgan enthusiasts worldwide.
The statue will show H.F.S. Morgan, standing by a Morgan 4/4 Series 2 car in 1958 ‘handing over’ the keys of the car to son Peter who is sitting in the driver’s seat – the year that he was ‘handing over’ control of the Company to him.
The memorial will be the UK’s first purpose built “interactive statue” allowing Morgan enthusiasts and visitors to be photographed sitting alongside the Morgan founder and his son – becoming part of the statue.
The Morgan Motor Company has always been built in Malvern to the benefit of local retail trade, commerce and tourism industry. The statue will bring the following benefits to Malvern:
Put Malvern on the world tourist map.
Provide an excellent location for a national memorial.
Be a world class statue enhancing a Conservation Area in Malvern, and the overall setting of the Priory Gatehouse and pedestrian area.
Focus on Malvern as being an important part of UK’s Motoring Heritage.
Create a focal point in the centre of Malvern and a major attraction for local people and visitors.
Being a gift to the Malvern Museum, will become Museum’s main exhibit.
Les Johnson FRBS was recommended by the Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) and a London foundry, where one was able to see his work at first hand that shows why he renowned as being probably the UK’s leading sculptor for the traditional figurative sculpture.
The organiser privately commissioned Les Johnson to sculpt a 1/5th scale model maquette of the statue – an essential element to obtain planning permission from Malvern Hills District Council.
The moulding and casting will be done by Bronze Age Sculpture Casting Foundry in Limehouse, London. Bronze Age is renowned for their high quality workmanship and their vast experience in moulding and casting statues.
The Morgan Statue is supported (in alphabetical order) by:
Ford Motor Company
Malvern Civic Society
Malvern Hills District Council
Malvern Town Council
Morgan Agents and Suppliers
Morgan Clubs and Enthusiasts Worldwide
Morgan Motor Company
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
At a meeting of the Trustees on 10th November 2010 it was unanimously agreed to now increase and extend efforts to raise the remaining funding for the statue. The Trustees are still keen to use the agreed site outside the Priory Gatehouse and will reapply for planning permission - as the original planning permission period has elapsed. The Morgan Statue will be the Morgan Motor Company‟s chosen charity in 2011. The 1/5th life size Morgan Statue bronze statuette is on display at the Morgan Motor Company Museum in Malvern. The Morgan Statue continues to enjoy excellent support from the Foundation‟s Honorary Patrons: Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, Sir Stirling Moss OBE, John Surtees OBE and Charles Morgan as well as support from the Malvern Councils and the local population. Contributions can be paid directly to the MSF bank account or mailed to the MSF address. The Trustees are confident that contributions and grants will reach the amount required.
Morgan Motor Company Limited
Tel: +44 (0)1684 573104
For more information contact
Lord Montagu of Beaulieu
Sir Stirling Moss OBE
John Surtees OBE
UK Registered Charity No. 1123923