Location: Carlisle Park, Morpeth
Artist: Ray Lonsdale
The women’s suffrage movement was an unstoppable force when they fought for women’s right to vote. In 2018 – 100 years on from their historic success – the movement’s most iconic leaders live on. The life-size statue of suffragette Emily Davison was created by sculptor Ray Lonsdale and unveiled in Morpeth, with an educational walking trail to help tourists and young people learn more about her connections to the town.
Davison was killed in 1913 at the Epsom Derby after she stormed the racetrack and was trampled by King George V’s horse. Lonsdale wanted to recognise her achievements and depict Davison as a true local hero who helped bring about votes for women.