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UCL to host ‘Hope the Lego Suffragette’ from the House of Commons

27 January 2022

From 14 February to 7 March 2022, the UCL Student Centre will host ‘Hope the Lego Suffragette’, a life-size Lego figure created to help tell the story of women’s suffrage and inequalities.

An image of a lifesize Lego woman in the House of Commons

A 5ft6 suffragette figure made entirely of Lego is set to go on display at UCL in the run up to International Women’s Day 2022.

Built from more than 32,300 individual pieces, UCL staff, students and the public will be able to visit Hope in the UCL Student Centre, along with an exhibition curated by UCL Special Collections.

Several public events will take place to mark Hope’s visit to UCL, including an event previewing the launch of the City of Women London map led by Dr Leah Lovett (the Bartlett), a Lunch Hour Lecture on Covid-19 and gender inequalities from Dr Bożena Wielgoszewska (UCL IOE), and a panel discussion hosted by UCL’s Pro-Provost (Equity and Inclusion) Professor Sasha Roseneil on feminism and citizenship.

Hope’s display at UCL aims to inspire reflection on the history of the suffrage movement, create a space for difficult conversations and untold stories - and for UCL academics to share their research on gender inequalities.

To do so, UCL is launching a campaign 'Stand with Hope', encouraging people to take photos of themselves with Hope and generate discussion around how we can collectively take steps to tackle the gender inequity still present today – as well as structural inequalities in society more broadly.

Visit Hope in the UCL Student Centre and join the conversation on social media from 14 February, using the hashtag #StandwithHope.

Hope’s visit is a collaboration between UCL RIGE (UCL Grand Challenges, UCL Public Policy and UCL Library Services), UCL Student Centre and the Pro-Provost (Equity & Inclusion), with support from CAM. Hope is on loan from the House of Commons.



  • Credit: Jessica Taylor / House of Commons