This is a follow up to Tuesday’s anniversary post about the suffragette movement. Its an overview of the scene in Central London on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Representation of the People Act 1918.
The main event, ‘Make a Stand’ was in Trafalgar Square and proceedings occurred in the morning with dignitaries present including the Mayor. The exhibition remained in the square for the rest of the day,until approximately 7pm, for everyone to see. It included a life sized line-up of the main suffragette players and a descriptive panel explaining each of these people. Its quite difficult to represent on a blog hence I spent sometime splitting up the images and enhancing them so these can be read on a computer screen.
General view of the Make a Stand exhibition in Trafalgar Square
The Make a Stand life size display
Detail of the information board and the different important people in the suffragette movement:
The information panel
The full picture (reflecting the life sized display by the base of Nelson’s Column)
The left hand part of the panel numbered 1 to 18
The centre of the panel numbered 19 to 36
The right hand section of the panel numbered 38 to 59
The full listof names featured on the collage
The Mayor’s website has a detailed list of each of these 59 people and their roles in the movement.
The railings and posts around the square were adorned with the colours of both WSPU and NUWSS
(WSPU = Women’s Social & Political Union; NUWSS = National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies.)
Several Government buildings in Whitehall were flying the WSPU flag – which I thought was a nice gesture. Buildings I spotted flying the flag included the Department for International Trade, Department for International Development, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Portcullis House.
The WSPU flag flying high above the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
All the flags were flown on their own, however the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport unusually paired a WPSU and Union Jack flag on its mast.
WPSU flag together with UK flag on the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport building