First Purple Plaque To Honour AM

Swansea AM, Val Field, who died in 2001 will be honoured later

The first ever purple plaque is to be unveiled today (Tuesday 6th March) on the wall of the Senedd at a ceremony hosted by Jane Hutt AM in memory of the late Val Feld the former Labour Assembly Member for Swansea East.

The plaque which was designed and created by the Swansea based ceramicist Anna Noel, will be unveiled by Val Feld's daughters Bronwen McCarthy and Hester Feld.

The plaque is the first in a series which will be unveiled across Wales over the coming years to commemorate the achievements of remarkable women.

This initial plaque in memory of Val Feld AM was commissioned by Jane Hutt and Sue Essex and was funded with personal donations led by Labour women AMs who launched this initiative on IWD last year.

This Plaque will be the first in a series which will be coordinated by Chwarae Teg with a panel of advisers including Professor Deidre Beddoe, Emeritus Professor of Women's History at the University of South Wales with support from the Welsh Government Women's Suffrage Centenary Grant.

Ahead of the unveiling of the plaque, Jane Hutt AM, said, "It is only fitting that the first purple plaque to commemorate the achievements of remarkable women of Wales should go to Val Feld, a passionate advocate of devolution, equalities and social justice.

"Val was a powerful force for women and minority groups, and it is only right that her legacy of integrity, passion and commitment is permanently remembered as a 'Champion of Equality' with this plaque on the walls of the Senedd.

"Today will be an emotional day for all of us as we remember Val with her friends and family, and we are proud that we have been able to make this plaque a reality so that her remarkable achievements will be remembered by future generations."

Val Feld's daughter, Hester Feld, said, "We are delighted that our mum has been commemorated in this way.

"She worked hard in her life to highlight inequality and injustice and it is fitting that this plaque is the beginning of a new campaign to recognise the historical achievements of women in Wales."

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