When: 2nd February 2018 – 6th January 2019
Where: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN
£: Free. There is a fee for some of the events
What is it?
To commemorate the centenary of the first women winning the right to vote, and as part of Vote 100, the Museum of London will be highlighting the untold stories of women in the Suffragette movement.
Votes for Women will run from Friday 2nd February 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019, with displays and events.
In February 1918, after more than half a century of campaigning, a bill was passed that gave the first women the right to vote in the UK. Although the bill – introduced to a war-weary nation – passed quietly into law, it signalled that finally women’s role in public life and society was beginning to advance.
Through a programme of events, displays and a newly commissioned film, the museum will draw upon its unique Suffragette collection – the largest in the world relating to the militant campaign – to highlight the material and visual legacy of the Suffragette story, and its impact on society and politics between 1903 and 1914.
To mark this significant moment in history, the museum’s Votes for Women programme will focus on the stories of unknown Suffragettes that fought tirelessly, and with courage, for the right to vote. The Suffragette campaign with its motto ‘deeds not words’ believed in direct action and, at times, used extreme tactics that continue to divide opinion.
Through protest, disruption and damage to property that led to the arrest and imprisonment of over 1000 women, the Suffragettes’ impact on London life became a force to be reckoned with in the early years of the 20th century.
The museum’s display will highlight the highly personal and iconic objects relating to the imprisonment of individual Suffragettes. Objects from the museum’s collections will include Emmeline Pankhurst’s hunger strike medal.
There will also be a newly commissioned film installation highlighting the individual commitment and courage of the lesser known Suffragette women, based entirely on the museum’s collections.
Events will include an adult and family friendly weekend festival on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th February 2018, which will coincide with the centenary of the Representation of the People Act.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy a themed Routemaster bus tour (24th March) or take an informative walk (on various dates) through London. The tours will allow participants to follow in the footsteps of some of the major players of the movement and hear the stories of those involved.
There will be a workshop on 17th March with Tatty Devine, allowing visitors to make a piece of jewellery, inspired by the displays, to take home. And a talk with experts in the field, on 24th March, will explore the legacy of the movement.
Votes for Women will highlight the stories of those involved, including Emily ‘Kitty’ Willoughby Marshall, Louise Eates and Janie Terrero.
Emily ‘Kitty’ Willoughby Marshall was arrested six times and imprisoned in Holloway three times for militant actions. Her first sentence being November 1910 for throwing a potato at a window at the residence of the Home Secretary, Winston Churchill.
Louise Eates was a founding member and Secretary of the Kensington Branch of the Women’s Social and Political Union; one of the largest and most successful of the local branches in raising funds for the ‘war chest’.
Winefride Mary Rix, a mother of a 12-year-old daughter, was sentenced to two months hard labour for smashing a window at the War Office.
Janie Terrero was a suffragist from the age of 18 and joined the militant Women’s Social and Political Union in 1908. In March 1912 Terrero was imprisoned in Holloway for four months, for window smashing. During her imprisonment she went on hunger strike twice and was forcibly fed until she was released a few days before the end of her sentence.
More info: www.museumoflondon.org.uk