31 August 2012
Last updated at 12:32
Twenty five people took part in a march through Boscombe to Bournemouth Town Hall to mark the 215th anniversary of the birth of writer Mary Shelley on Thursday. The march was inspired by her most famous story, Frankenstein.
Mary Shelley was the second wife of romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Although she never lived in the town, she requested to be buried at St Peter's Church in Bournemouth.
Annie Christopher (right), whose ancestors knew the Shelleys, said more should be done to recognise Mary's connections with Boscombe. "Mary was ahead of her time - she was brought up in a family who gave women an opportunity to be themselves and to use their talents. We're celebrating the rich heritage the Shelley family left," she said.
They were also campaigning to save the Boscombe Centre for Community Arts. Originally called the Boscombe British School, it was created in 1878 for children in Boscombe by Mary's son Sir Percy Shelley and Frederick Moser.
The building has been shut since 2007 and has been earmarked by Bournemouth Borough Council for demolition to make way for "affordable housing for first time buyers".
Organiser Steve Biddle (left) is campaigning for it to be used as a community arts centre. He said: "Boscombe needs some art injected into it, rather than more houses. It would be good to have classes, pop up galleries and somewhere for students who have graduated to exhibit their works."
Cllr John Beesley, the leader of Bournemouth Borough Council, said the new housing scheme would "offer additional facilities to benefit the whole community" in Boscombe. "Housing is at the heart of establishing community ownership in Boscombe and helping younger people onto the housing ladder is a crucial part of that being successful," he added.