Forward thinking about our heritage


At PMSA, we aim to heighten public appreciation of Britain's public sculpture, and to contribute to its promotion, protection and preservation. We seek to achieve this through a number of ongoing projects which include: the National Recording Project, the Sculpture Journal, Save our Sculpture and the PMSA Awards for Public Sculpture.

PMSA is a registered charity, and we rely heavily on the voluntary work of our members. Our projects and publications are funded by member subscriptions and by the generosity of a number of individuals, institutions and grant-giving bodies.

Established in 1991, PMSA aims to bring together individuals and organisations with a mutual interest in public sculpture and monuments; in particular, their history, provenance and preservation.

We actively encourage members to help raise public awareness of Britain's monumental heritage - through events, publications and dialogue; and we campaign for listing, preservation, protection and restoration.

The current time-span, beginning from around the Stuart period, extends to brand new commissions and also includes the three 13th century Eleanor Crosses that survive in Geddington, Hardingstone and Waltham Cross, plus other medieval work still surviving in public places.

Over the past thirty years, we have been supported and encouraged in our work by a huge list of esteemed patrons and Vice Presidents.

Our current President is HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester who is actively involved with us via the PMSA Sculpture Awards.

See governance, patrons and Vice Presidents listed here.

Since the start, we were actively encouraged by writer and sculpture scholar Benedict Read, and by Andrew and Janet Naylor, metal sculpture conservators.

PMSA initiated the National Recording Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and collaborated with the publishers Liverpool University Press on the acclaimed series Public Sculpture of Britain, and has established the much respected Sculpture Journal. We have delivered events, conferences and publications in collaboration with English Heritage, the UK Institute of Conservators, University College Dublin and many other similar institutions. The PMSA operates an advisory service and distributes newsletters to its members.

Other projects include the Custodians Handbook, published in 2005, and designed to give guidance to families and individuals who inherit sculptors' works, studios, archives and memorabilia.