March of the Women

Black and white portrait of Christabel Pankhurst showing her head and shoulders. She wears her hair in a loose top bun and wears a white blouse with a crochet high collar and pendant

“O! Lovely Surrey! There is nothing like it”: Christabel Pankhurst in Ewhurst

December 13, 20184:03 pmLeave a Comment

Dame Christabel Pankhurst (1880-1958), daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and co-leader of the Women’s Social and Political Union, was a central figure in the women’s suffrage movement. This charismatic and highly intelligent suffragette was a talented speaker who did not refrain from encouraging militant forms of protest in the pursuit of votes for women. During the […]

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From Surrey to Budapest: where volunteering has taken me!

October 30, 20185:07 pmLeave a Comment

Guest blog: Jackie Palmer, retired teacher and volunteer newspaper indexer for ‘The March of The Women: Surrey’s Road to the Vote’ project On Tuesday 19th June 2018 as part of the research project entitled ‘The March of the Women: Surrey’s Road to the Vote’, I was working on indexing articles about women’s suffrage from The […]

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Etta Lemon of Redhill: Queen Bee of the Forgotten Anti-Suffrage Movement

September 26, 20183:22 pmLeave a Comment

Guest blog: Tessa Boase, author of Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather: Fashion, Fury and Feminism – Women’s Fight for Change When I started researching Margaretta Lemon, co-founder of the all-female Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), I assumed that she would be in favour of women’s suffrage. Of course she would. This was a woman […]

When The Cat’s Away

August 16, 20189:59 amLeave a Comment

Guest blog: Claire Parker, writer, actor, director, LynchPin Productions Theatre Company In the research for my previous play “Rotten Perfect” set in the 1890s and based on the backstage story of Ellen Terry the actress, I absorbed a lot about her family and friends of that era. The Shavians were already embracing more enlightened politics […]

Uncovering the stories of Extraordinary Women

July 19, 201810:17 amLeave a Comment

Guest blog: Sarah Holloway, project volunteer and Operations Officer at Heritage Open Days In the past three weeks I’ve gone slightly cross-eyed at tiny newsprint, rediscovered the marvel of an ever sharp pilot pencil, and struggled to suppress both tears and squeals of joy at new discoveries in the quiet focus of Surrey History Centre’s […]

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Suffrage in Egham

July 3, 20183:01 pmLeave a Comment

Guest blog: Amy Stone, Cultural Engagement Officer (Suffrage in Egham Project), Egham Museum The ‘Suffrage in Egham’ project aimed to uncover the local impact of the suffrage movement and the affect it had on ordinary people in Egham over 100 years ago. Royal Holloway, University of London and Egham Town Team have partnered on this […]

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Women’s Suffrage and Royal Holloway College

June 5, 201812:27 pmLeave a Comment

Guest blog: Harriet Costelloe, College Archivist, Royal Holloway, University of London As a result of being an early women’s higher education college, Royal Holloway College in Egham has many illustrious female alumnae, including some who took an active role in the suffrage movement after leaving College and many who interacted with the issues surrounding women’s […]

Suffrage and the Museums

May 24, 201810:49 amLeave a Comment

Hello, Holly here, Project Officer for ‘March of the Women: Surrey’s Road to the Vote’. My background is in museums and galleries so it has made sense for me to lead on one of the integral parts of the project, the suffrage collection audit of our five partner museums. If you have been following our […]

Suffrage in Surrey: Mary and George Watts

April 26, 20182:17 pmLeave a Comment

Guest blog: Dr Lucy Ella Rose, Lecturer in Victorian Literature at University of Surrey The suffrage centenary this year calls for a remembrance of the founders and roots of feminism. The lives of artists Mary and George Watts coincided with the rise of the women’s movement, from its embryonic stage in the mid-nineteenth century to the […]

Celebrating Dame Ethel Smyth

March 29, 20185:00 pmLeave a Comment

An accomplished composer, militant suffragette and avid golfer – Dame Ethel Smyth, DBE, DMus (1858-1944) is one of those characters in history who never fails to intrigue us. She lived in Surrey for most of her life – firstly at the family home ‘Frimhurst’ in Frimley Green, and finally at ‘Coign’ (now renamed Brettanby Cottage) […]