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Emily Williamson was one of the founders of the RSPB. This commemorative, fine bone china mug is being sold to help raise funds for a statue to be erected in her honour.The RSPB's long history started with a small group of formidable Victorian women who were fighting the use of feathers in fashion at the time. One of those women was Emily Williamson.
Who was Emily Williamson? Living a quiet life as a solicitor's wife in Didsbury, Manchester, Emily was outraged that nothing was being done to protect the great crested grebe. The grebe's feathers were a fashionable adornment on ladies' hats at the time. It is estimated that in total, 61 species of bird were under threat of extinction from this so-called 'Murderous Millinery.' Along with other women in her social circle, she formed the Society for the Protection of Birds in 1889 and continued to campaign for the rights of birds for the rest of her life. After years of campaigning during times of great social change and First World War, the Plumage (Prohibition) Act was eventually signed into law in 1921, protecting birds in the UK.
A statue to honour Emily's life and achievements has been commissioned to be erected in her former home in Fletcher Moss Park, Didsbury. This is timed to coincide with the centenary of the Plumage (Prohibition) Act coming into law in 1921.
All profits from the sale of this mug will go towards the statue fund.
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