De La Rue, one the world’s largest commercial passport producer and designer, has worked closely with HM Passport Office to unveil their new design. Although the collection is found ‘pretty damn good’ by the public, it also sparked a feminist conversation by having only 2 women featured: Architect Elisabeth Scott and mathematician Ada Lovelace.
By using some of the most advanced technology and security measures, this passport design is claimed to be ‘the most secure and unforgeable’ passport UK has ever issued.
A new passport is launched every five years with updated security and anti-forgery features. Examples of British design featured on its pages include the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Titanic Belfast
Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London represents the performing arts
Architect Elisabeth Scott is one of only two women who feature prominently on the passport’s pages
John Harrison, inventor of the marine chronometer
Artist Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North
Architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott who designed Liverpool Cathedral, Battersea Power Station and the red telephone box
Multicultural festivals are celebrated
William Shakespeare appears as a watermark on each page
The artist John Constable
British inventions, including Stephenson’s Rocket
Fibres embedded in the paper fluoresce under UV light
The London Underground
Work by the artist Anish Kapoor, including the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture commissioned for the London Olympics
Mathematicians Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace, who built the first computer, the Babbage Analytical Engine. Lovelace is the only other woman to feature prominently in the passport