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Explore 'New Dawn'

New Dawn is a contemporary sculpture by Mary Branson commemorating the long campaign that led to some women gaining the vote in 1918, and all women in 1928.

Commissioned by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art in 2015, New Dawn resulted from Branson's six-month term as Artist-in-Residence to Women’s Suffrage.

During her residency the artist spoke to people inside and outside Parliament, and explored records held in the Parliamentary Archives. This research inspired her to create a work of art commemorating all those who fought for votes for women, not just a single figure or organisation.

Related information

Read Mary Branson's Artist-in-Residence diary

Find out more about the votes for women movement on Living Heritage

Visit Mary Branson's website to find out more about the artist and her work

Photo: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

New Dawn was unveiled on 7 June 2016, the 150th anniversary of the first mass petition submitted to Parliament calling or women's suffrage (the right to vote).

Made from metal and illuminated glass, New Dawn's design draws on concepts and imagery connected with Parliament and the votes for women movement.

Permanently sited on the public route through the Palace of Westminster, the sculpture is designed to be seen by the hundreds of thousands of people who visit Parliament each year.