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Epsom Celebrates Emily Davidson

June 11, 2021

This engaging likeness of Suffragette martyr Emily Davison, seated on a marble bench, has been unveiled in the town centre of Epsom. She died trying to tie a Suffragette Ribbon to the King's Horse at the Derby in Epsom. Seen here with sculptor Christine Charlesworth who believes that sculptures should not be raised up on plinths, but should be approachable and easy to access.

The unveiling was covered on BBC Radio 4 Front Row, along with duscussion about the current changing attitudes to statues of women, and the campaign for a statue to Aphra Benn in Canterbury. She was the first professional writer in the English language but has no statue celebrating her achievements. Hear more about it on https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000wsfz  Click on 17.05 minutes into the interview.