The 25th September 2018 marked the unveiling of the statue of Dr John Radcliffe, situated at Green Templeton College, Oxford.
The Radcliffe Trust has a long history with the city and University of Oxford having provided funding to build the Radcliffe Camera, the Radcliffe Observatory and the Radcliffe Infirmary. Given the Trust’s Tercentenary, it seemed appropriate for this connection to be commemorated with a statue in memory of Dr Radcliffe. To that end, The Radcliffe Trust commissioned Martin Jennings to produce a suitable portrait of the doctor.
Martin Jennings is a well-known and celebrated sculptor, having created works of many famous people including Mary Seacole, situated outside St Thomas’ Hospital; Charles Dickens in Portsmouth; and George Orwell outside Broadcasting House.
The unveiling was a huge success with individuals from both The Radcliffe Trust and Green Templeton College there to celebrate this fitting new display. Felix Warnock, the Chairman of The Radcliffe Trust at the time, reflected on Dr Radcliffe’s legacy and how it remains relevant today. You can read his comments here.
This statue was commissioned as part of the commemoration of the Tercentenary of The Radcliffe Trust, together with:
- The Balfour of Burleigh Tercentenary Prizes for Exceptional Achievement in Crafts
- Wigmore Hall Commissioning Series
- Heritage and Crafts: working together to develop skills and sustain the sector, 24 March 2011
For more information about the unveiling of the statue of Doctor John Radcliffe, please use the following links:
The Oxford Mail : John Radcliffe is honoured with bronze statue in Oxford
The University of Oxford News: New statue of John Radcliffe unveiled