Picture © Jason Lock Photography www.jasonlock.co.uk

Emmeline Pankhurst leads a mini-march of suffragettes wearing the distinctive purple and green colours of the movement in a Lego tribute to the women, many of whom had a strong connection to Manchester, who changed the course of history.

The mini-suffragette city, a homage to an iconic 1907 women’s march, launches at Legoland Discovery Centre’s Mini Land today to coincide with International Women’s Day.

Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester recreates suffragette march I Love Manchester
Picture © Jason Lock Photography www.jasonlock.co.uk

The scene, which features 40 female Lego minifigure characters and Manchester landmarks including Manchester Town Hall, Central Library and Piccadilly Station, contains over 15,583 bricks, each laid by hand and glued into place by master model builder Alex Bidolak.

“This year for International Women’s Day we wanted to create a play scene for young girls, and boys, to show the strength, determination and solidarity of women to represent International Women’s Day,” said Jenn McDonough of Merlin Entertainments.

Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester recreates suffragette march I Love Manchester
Picture © Jason Lock Photography www.jasonlock.co.uk

“We hope that our mini-women’s march invites questions and conversations around gender roles, the centenary of the woman’s vote and sparks the re-telling of stories around famous female scientists like Rosalind Franklin, known for her contribution towards uncovering the structure of DNA and Amelia Earhart, the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic.”

The scene may be a tour de force but isn’t quite historically accurate. Central Library wasn’t built until 1934.

Legoland is set to launch an all-new Space Mission feature this Easter, including a Lego mini build of British chemist, Helen Sharman, the first woman in space.

The new feature will encourage children explore space and introduce budding master model builders of the future to the art of construction inspiring the next generation of space engineers through purposeful play with the gender-inclusive toy.

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