Merton honours #vote100

Merton Heritage Centre is hosting an eight-month programme of activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.

Merton will join a re-enactment of the suffrage march that took place 100 years ago, with specially designed banners

Launched on 8 February, the celebrations began with an introduction to women's suffrage in Merton by Sarah Gould, Merton's heritage officer, which was followed by a design session and then practical banner-making.

The free event was attended by Merton Council's cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities, Edith Macauley MBE and Philippa Bilton, a descendant of Emily Davison, the suffragette who died at Epsom Racecourse in 1913 after falling under the King's horse.

The Merton banners will appear in a London-wide suffrage re-enactment march on 4 March, joining a further 97 produced by groups from London and the south-east,  to be led by Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of suffragette leader, Emmeline Pankhurst.

Further events taking place until October can be booked here

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