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Emily Inspires! day in Morpeth.'Alex Fairlamb and Davic Smith from Beamish. Ref:JCMH 150613emily30
Emily Inspires! day in Morpeth.'Alex Fairlamb and Davic Smith from Beamish. Ref:JCMH 150613emily30
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VISITORS have been given a rare glimpse of some of the belongings of Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison.

Morpeth Antiquarian Society was the first to offer up an exhibition over two days during Fair Day weekend.

More than 1,500 people attended the event, including a colleague of Tony Benn who had travelled from Yorkshire to be in the town on the date of Emily’s death. He was thrilled to meet head of the Davison family Geoffrey Davison, from Australia, and family historian and author Maureen Howes.

Mr Davison opened the exhibition, which included Emily’s scarf on loan from the Houses of Parliament, thanks to owner Barbara Gorna.

The scarf was again on show during the Emily Inspires events at the weekend and Mrs Gorna gave a talk about the scarf and how she came to acquire it.

There were also items such as Emily’s books and postcards on display, courtesy of family members and the Emily Inspires project.

Staff from the Learning and Community Team at Beamish Museum in County Durham also helped to bring Emily’s story to life.

They organised a Suffragette rally in Deuchar Park, as well as traditional games, and took part in the procession with a banner.

Co-ordinator David Smith said: “We have been doing lots of Suffragette projects with groups across the North East, including schools and community groups.

“We have worked with the Greater Morpeth Development Trust to support the events and had workshops with King Edward VI School and Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools. We were also involved with the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering.”

A Suffragette family weekend will take place at Beamish on June 29 and 30.