Life-sized LEGO suffragette statue coming to Lancashire

Lancashire is the latest location to play host to a life-sized LEGO suffragette statue commemorating Emmeline Pankhurst.

The South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre in Lancashire will be the next location to feature Hope, the life-sized LEGO statue replicating a suffragette to celebrate the movement that led to improved women’s rights in the UK. It will be on display from September 7 until September 30.

The model is 1.7 metres high and is built from 32,327 LEGO bricks. It will be situated in a recreation of suffragette Hannah Mitchell’s kitchen, so that visitors can take advantage of a nice photo op.

Suffragette Hope LEGO model

“What an honour it is to have Hope here with us in South Ribble as part of her National Tour marking 100 years of women’s suffrage. Not only is the statue such an imaginative and incredible feat of LEGO engineering – we mustn’t forget its message,” said Coun Aniela Bylinksi-Gelder, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, Social Justice and Wealth Building to Lancashire Post.

“I have two young daughters and they know the names of Sylvia Pankhurst and Emily Davidson, two women who dedicated their lives to fighting for women’s equality. It’s so important for people to remember and learn from the inspirational women who fought so fearlessly for their right to vote.

“Although the fight for the vote has already been won, many women are still fighting today for equality in work places, in government and even at home. This new exhibition will hopefully reinvigorate a discussion around democracy and equality in South Ribble.”

Originally the statue was built to commemorate 100 years of women’s suffrage, placed on display in the UK Parliament. Since then it has toured various exhibits around the UK to share a taste of history with museum visitors and allow them to access the past in an accessible way.

A new initiative has been announced that has seen the LEGO Group partner with Great Big Story for a series of videos titled Play Her Way, focusing on exceptional girls.

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Graham was the Editor up until November 2020. He has plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. Follw Graham on Twitter @grahamh100.

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