Vote 100

2018 saw many events to mark 100 years of women getting the vote

The Face of Suffrage—Birmingham New Street Station

The ‘Face of Suffrage’ artwork is a floor-based, 200 metre-square photo mosaic, made up of a combination of historical pictures of women from the West Midlands in the early 1900s and of females today using photographs submitted by the public be part of the commemoration, including our President Chipo and Carol Infanti.

The image was created by artist Helen Marshall, of the People’s Picture, who has installed similar projects across Britain marking other historic occasions.

Evelyn Hilda Burkitt was born in Wolverhampton in 1876, and died in 1955. She was the first suffragette to be forcibly fed a total of 292 times and worked at the Birmingham WSPU (Women’s Social and Political Union) headquarters, in Ethel Street, near New Street station.

Hilda threw a stone at Prime Minister Herbert Asquith’s train as it pulled out of Birmingham New Street after he attended a male only budget meeting and she was imprisoned at Winson Green prison.

Birmingham New Street, which has 170,000 passengers every day, was chosen as the location because of it’s large concourse which provides an ideal space to host and view the art work. The railway from Birmingham was also important in transporting people to London in support of the movement.

 

The image (left) shows how the image is built up from the many photos.

The close-up (right) shows Chipo’s contribution

Carol Infanti with members from SI Tunbridge Wells