The 100th anniversary of the death of a suffragette killed by the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby is to be marked with a plaque, a monument, an exhibition and a tree.

Emily Davison was a leading member of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), an organisation founded by Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903 to demand votes for women.

On June 14 1913, 40-year-old schoolteacher Davison ran out in front of King George V’s horse, Anmer, as it was racing in the Epsom Derby. 

She was trampled on and died from her injuries four days later at the Old Cottage Hospital in Alexandra Road, Epsom. 

It is believed that she ran onto the racecourse to attach the WSPU flag to the horse.

While a commemorative plaque for Davison, "heroine of the women’s suffrage movement", was erected at the hospital, Epsom Downs Racecourse has, until now, never erected a memorial to mark her death. 

But on April 18 a small commemorative plaque will be formally unveiled at a private ceremony by her great-great-great niece Lauren Caisley at a spot close to Tattenham Corner, near where she died. 

To further mark the centenary, the Epsom Tree Advisory Board is planning to plant a tree at the Cottage Hospital, and Epsom Council is asking artists to submit proposals for a piece of "contemporary public art", to be located at a site on Epsom Downs such as a roundabout.

A council spokesman said: "The art should relate to the sacrifices and achievements made by women in the past that have helped to establish opportunities for their full and equal participation in the UK's society.

"The artwork does not have to relate directly to Emily Davison or the suffragettes."

He said it should be proportionate to the theme and size of the roundabout and must be clearly visible to motorists, while not obstructing their views.

Surrey County Council has given approval in principle for the installation, but it will still require planning permission and funding through fundraising, sponsorship and grants.

Councillor Jean Steer, chairwoman of the social committee, said: "Work of an innovative nature is encouraged and it is our intention to have a public display of shortlisted submissions to allow the residents of the borough to have the opportunity to express their opinion on the work."

Bourne Hall, in Spring Street, Ewell, will also be holding a free exhibition, Dying for the Vote, from May 7 to July 27.

It will be a comprehensive examination of Davison's life and the suffragette movement in Surrey, and will celebrate the granting of votes for women in 1928.

The exhibition will be open from 9am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.  For more information call 0208 394 1734 or