Sculpture unveiled in homage to famed Egyptologist

A new sculpture has been unveiled at Churchill Retirement Living’s Amelia Lodge in Henleaze in honour of renowned journalist, novelist and Egyptologist Amelia Edwards, after whom the Lodge is named.

Sculpted by local artist Emma Jean Kemp, the piece pays homage to Miss Edwards, who is buried at St Mary’s Church in Henbury and lived close by in Westbury-on-Trym.

Edwards was born in 1831 and despite having no formal education she became an accomplished journalist and novelist; writing her first novel by the time she was 20. From 1873 to 1874, she travelled to Egypt where she sailed up the Nile and soon became infatuated with Egyptology.

In 1882, Amelia founded the Egypt Exploration Fund (now Society), with her friend Reginald Stuart Poole of the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum, in order to raise funds to explore, survey and excavate ancient sites in Egypt and Sudan. The work of the Society continues to this day.

The new sculpture that sits in the Lodge’s communal garden was unveiled at a special ceremony by Churchill Retirement Living’s Chief Operating Officer Martin Young and South West Regional Sales Director Sam Burley, who were joined by guests Emma Jean Kemp and Dr Aidan Dodson, Chair of Trustees at the Egypt Exploration Society.

Artist Emma Jean Kemp said: “When I learned about Amelia Edwards, I was so impressed by her extensive work, especially being a Victorian woman. I was very excited to work on this project and wanted to create a playful dedication to her, using books as stepping stones for her to walk across, referencing her travels.

"When people stop to look at the sculpture, I hope they will wonder who this woman was and discover the great work she achieved.”

Dr Aidan Dodson added: “This is a wonderful way to recognise the exceptional work that Amelia achieved during her lifetime and carry on her legacy, especially in the city in which she lived for three decades and where she was laid to rest. Interestingly, Amelia’s grave at Henbury Church has just received Grade II listing status and last year her family home in Bloomsbury, London, was given a blue plaque, so it seems very much to be Amelia’s second-coming at the moment!”

Martin Young, group operations director at Churchill Retirement Living, commented: “We are delighted to have added this wonderful addition to our new development and hope that our Owners and local people alike will enjoy coming to visit it and learning about the exceptional work that Amelia Edwards did.”

Amelia Lodge comprises 33 one and two-bedroom privately-owned, self-contained apartments, specially designed for the over 60s. All of the apartments at Amelia Lodge have spacious rooms throughout and an ideal combination of design and functionality. The fully fitted, stylish kitchens include a built in fridge and freezer, hob and an oven, which is located at an easy-reach height. All of the properties also benefit from illuminated light switches for added convenience. Owners enjoy ultimate peace of mind from a fitted camera entry system for the highest level of security and a 24 hour emergency call system.

The show complex at Amelia Lodge is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Prices start from £282,950 for a one-bedroom apartment and from £393,950 for a two-bedroom apartment.

For more information about Amelia Lodge, and to register your interest, please call 01173 215 320.

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