Grace Petrie performs a headline concert in support of FOEC in Sheffield
on Friday 31st May / There is a special IDAHO event with FOEC and
Sheffield's Millennium Galleries on Friday 17th May
Welcome to the Friends of Edward
The Friends of Edward Carpenter are a
small group of people who are dedicated to establishing a permanent memorial to
Edward Carpenter in Sheffield City Centre, recognising his historical and social importance and
unique association with the city.
Edward Carpenter (1844 -1929) was a significant cultural
and political activist, who advocated the ‘Simplification of Life’ and put
his beliefs into practice. He campaigned throughout his life on many
issues of social concern, ranging from women's suffrage to the protection
of the environment, from sexual emancipation to the formation of trade
unions. For over forty years he formed a strong bond with the people of
Sheffield, living openly as a gay man in Millthorpe, Derbyshire only a few
miles away. His life was one of quiet celebration while his writings and
example laid the foundation for the gay liberation movement of the
twentieth century. Through his many friendships, Edward Carpenter
transversed the divisions of class, gender, sexuality, race and creed. Men
and women from across the world and from all walks of life came into
connection with each other through him and his connections with Sheffield
and home at Millthorpe.
Our aim is to connect with
the diverse worldwide population of interested people to establish the
memorial. This is a big task, and we will be seeking
local, national and international support to achieve this.
Primarily, we need to raise the funds
required to establish a fitting memorial for Edward Carpenter, one that
will provide both a concrete and spiritual focus for all who are inspired
and influenced by him. We aim to commission a work of public art that has
integrity and that will ensure a respectful place of pilgrimage,
meditation, celebration and memorial in the heart of the City of
We will be looking to raise funds through concerts,
musical, literature and arts events, in
addition to lobbying for support from Edward Carpenter followers and admirers
around the world. Please check back to see what is planned and we hope you
will get involved.
Details on how to donate or
contact the Friends of Edward Carpenter committee are included on our
Contact page here.