Memorial to suffragette Emily agreed for Carlisle Park

10 Jan 2018

A lasting memorial to Northumbrian suffragette Emily Wilding Davison is to be erected in Carlisle Park in Morpeth in 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary since  women were granted the right to vote.

Northumberland County Council’s cabinet members have agreed the proposals for the scheme and to contribute £50,000 towards the monument which will  be met from the Parks Enhancement Programme budget. Morpeth Town Council has agreed a financial contribution of £5,000 and efforts are continuing to secure additional funding for the project.

Arrested and imprisoned for her part in demonstrations and activities in support of the Women’s Social and Political Union, Emily Davison’s name became known around the world  in June 1913 when she stepped onto the Epsom track and was struck by the thundering hooves of the King George V’s  horse Anmer. Emily never recovered from her injuries and died four days later in hospital.  She was buried in St Mary’s Church Yard in Morpeth.

Since that time, while an annual commemoration of her life takes place in Morpeth, no prominent memorial to her life and achievements - other than her grave - has been present in the town.

Northumberland County Council and Morpeth Town Council have been working closely on proposals for the monument which will be erected in the formal garden of Carlisle Park. Information panels will also be provided in the park to highlight the significant role Emily played in the suffragette movement and will include walking trails to help guide visitors to Emily’s grave and other points of interest in the local area.

Glen Sanderson, Northumberland County Councillor and ward member for Longhorsley where Emily lived said:

“ Emily Davison was a true local hero who brought about votes for women, and it is right that we recognise her achievements - especially in this centenary year."

“ Nationally renowned sculpture Ray Lonsdale has been contacted and has already provided some design concepts for the monument. The designs of a life size sculpture in steel have been shared with  Morpeth’s Emily Inspires Group, Morpeth Heritage Group and other interested parties in the town who have all commented on the design. ”  

It is hoped the monument will be in place by July 2018.  Pictured is a draft design concept of how the Emily memorial could look.