Giant suffragette portrait made of selfies wows crowds in Birmingham

An impressive mosaic depicting the face of a suffragette created made by selfies and photographs of historical women from the 1900s, has been unveiled in the centre of Birmingham. 

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Hilda Burkitt’s face has been turned into a 65ft piece of art on the floor of Birmingham New Street Station – exactly where she threw a stone at the Prime minister’s train in 1909 after he attended a male-only budget meeting. 

The mosaic, called ‘Face of the Suffrage’ and unveiled today [Nov 15], consists of more than 3,700 images, including pictures of women today.  

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Wolverhampton-born Burkitt, who died in 1955, was a leading representative of the suffragette movement in the West Midlands and the first woman to be force fed during her sentence at Winson Green prison after she went on hunger strike.

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The artwork will be on display until December 14 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the date women voted for the first time.