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Suffragette Lego statue visits South Ribble

Posted on - 4th September, 2019 - 12:01pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, History, Kid's stuff, People, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston

The South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre will host a life-sized suffragette Lego statue as part of its National Tour.

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The statue aptly named ‘Hope’ is at the museum from the 7th until the 30th of September.

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‘Hope’ took three people 171 hours to build and took 35,000 LEGO bricks to make!

She is 5ft 6ins-tall and weighs 94.5kg.

The statue was made by the LEGO group to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage in 2018.

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Councillor Aniela Bylinksi-Gelder, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, Social Justice and Wealth Building said: “What an honour it is to have Hope here with us in South Ribble as part of her National Tour marking 100 years of women’s suffrage.

“Not only is the statue such an imaginative and incredible feat of LEGO engineering – we mustn’t forget its message.

“I have two young daughters and they know the names of Sylvia Pankhurst and Emily Davidson, two women who dedicated their lives to fighting for women’s equality.

“It’s so important for people to remember and learn from the inspirational women who fought so fearlessly for their right to vote.

“Although the fight for the vote has already been won, many women are still fighting today for equality in work places, in government and even at home.

“This new exhibition will hopefully reinvigorate a discussion around democracy and equality in South Ribble.

“I would encourage all in the community to come along to see Hope before she moves on to the next part of her tour.”

Dr David Hunt, Curator of South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre said, “We are very pleased to have been offered this exhibit, on a break from its National Tour.”

The statue is free to see and visitors are encouraged to take photographs and share them.

What would you like to see made out of LEGO? Leave your suggestions in the comments section.

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