Edna Read

I was asked to speak at the unveiling of a sculpture by Ronald Rae in Campbell Park in Milton Keynes.   It was moved from Bletchley Park in memory of Edna Read, a formidable advocate of public sculpture in Milton Keynes.   In the 1960s, she founded a City Gallery which operated out of a white van and persuaded the Milton Keynes Development Corporation to put money aside for art.   What I hadn’t known, and would never have guessed, was that she was half-Japanese, with a Japanese father, Takayuki Eguchi, who had been a student at the LSE, interned in the war, and sent back to Japan.

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