Ancient Suffragettes?

Guest post by Professor Barbara Goff What can students of ancient Greece and Rome do to mark the centenary of some British women obtaining the vote?  Surely ancient history had nothing to do with the struggles for suffrage?  In fact, as an exhibition in the Classics Department of the University of Reading currently shows, the movement for women’s suffrage looked to ancient history for examples, inspiration, and even humour.  The suffrage magazines Votes for Women and Common Cause regularly featured articles, creative writing, and cartoons that drew on the literature and history of ancient Greece and Rome.  Suffrage agitators included … Continue reading Ancient Suffragettes?

A Peep Into the Future: Imagining the suffrage victory in 1910

Back in 1910, a woman imagined what winning the vote might look like. We’re very pleased to publish this guest post by Krista Cowman discussing ‘A Peep into the Future’, 108 years after its publication on 25 March 1910. Guest post by Professor Krista Cowman February 6 2018 marked a hundred years since the Representation of the People Act first gave some British women a parliamentary vote.  Discussions about how best to mark this centenary are currently hard to avoid in modern media but are not solely the preoccupation of the millennials who are now looking back.  Barely a century … Continue reading A Peep Into the Future: Imagining the suffrage victory in 1910

Deborah Clair – Emily Wilding Davison

‘A Necessary Woman’ – bringing Emily Wilding Davison back to Parliament

Continuing our occasional series of guest posts on suffrage and the theatre, we’re delighted to publish this piece by Deborah Clair and Philippa Urquhart on their exciting new play about Emily Wilding Davison in Parliament. Deborah Clair – Emily Wilding … Continue reading ‘A Necessary Woman’ – bringing Emily Wilding Davison back to Parliament

Happy Birthday Alice Hawkins – working class suffragette, equalities campaigner and activist

Statue of Alice Hawkins by Sean Hedges-Quinn, unveiling in Leicester, 4 February 2018  We were delighted to announce in February that the Alice Hawkins collection will be shown for the first time ever on public display in our ‘Voice and … Continue reading Happy Birthday Alice Hawkins – working class suffragette, equalities campaigner and activist