Peter Barratt great grandson of Alice Hawkins, Leicester’s very own suffragette, visited New College Leicester to speak to a theatre full of Year 7 and 8 students about the women’s suffrage movement and the struggle for the rights of women to get equal pay.

Inspired by the story of Alice, Peter’s visit coincided with a visit from a life size Lego model suffragette on loan from Parliament Education Service aptly named ‘Hope’. Hope is made of 33,000 Lego bricks and took 3 people over 71 hours to build. She is on display in the LRC at New College Leicester until the 15th February 2020.

Peter said ‘I really enjoyed the school visit today, great theatre style setting and 300 fantastic pupils who I felt were with me throughout’. Sera Shortland, Head of Citizenship at the College said ‘Peter’s mission is to keep the memory of Alice and her struggle alive for the younger generation. Our very own student, Hope Easson, in year 7 was honoured to meet Peter and have her picture taken with him in front of the model Hope. I was overwhelmed with the response of our students to Peter’s visit and the political depth and knowledge of their questions to him. Learning about events such as the Suffrage movement is crucial to develop democratic understanding’.


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