Remembering Emily

Grave stone in Morpeth
Emily Wilding Davison is buried in Morpeth Photo: ITV News Tyne Tees

She was described as the most militant suffragette in Britain. Emily Wilding Davison was fatally injured when she stepped onto the racecourse during the 1913 Derby at Epsom. She was struck by the King's horse and died four days later.

100 years on, and debate over Emily and her motives still rage. For decades, it was generally assumed that she had intended to die when she she walked onto the course. Nowadays, that view has been revised and it is widely argued that Emily was simply attracting attention to her cause.

Now, a series of events are being held in Morpeth to shed new light on her life and her character. They have been titled 'Emily Inspires'.

An exhibition is being held in Morpeth town hall between 8th and 15th June 2013. It will include the scarf which Emily is believed to have carried onto the Epsom racecourse on 4th June 1913.

A song and a new play will also be performed during a 'centennial weekend', between 13th and 15th June.

Although Emily Wilding Davison was brought up in London, her family was from Northumberland. She was buried in the family grave in Morpeth.

Although the suffragettes' main aim was votes for all, they also campaigned for other social and economic improvements for women. Organisers of Emily Inspires say this is a chance for Northumberland to reclaim their famous daughter and celebrate her legacy.