March of the Women

New! The March of the Women suffrage indexes are now live!

June 11, 201911:37 amLeave a Comment

As Surrey Heritage’s project ‘The March of the Women: Surrey’s Road to the Vote‘ draws to a close at the end of June we are delighted to announce that our new suffrage indexes are now live on Exploring Surrey’s Past https://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/themes/subjects/womens-suffrage/the-womens-suffrage-movement-in-surrey-new/suffrage-indexes/ The indexes have been produced by our fantastic team of volunteers using reports in […]

Pethick-Lawrences and Me

April 17, 20192:32 pmLeave a Comment

Guest blog: Kathy Atherton local author and historian In a previous life I was a lawyer, working in Lincoln’s Inn. I first came across the name Pethick-Lawrence in the 1990s when I used to pass a plaque commemorating the London HQ of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) at Clement’s Inn, next to the […]

Shops of the suffrage campaign

March 18, 20193:15 pmLeave a Comment

So, Holly here again – I have returned to finish the project following Rosie’s departure. Last week I gave a talk to a local history society and was asked to include information about the suffrage shops. After finding limited information from Surrey or beyond I decided to compile what I have found into this month’s […]

Rosie at Epsom racecourse

Farewell Rosie

February 19, 20192:12 pmLeave a Comment

“Where has the time gone?”… This seems to be my most frequently asked question this month as my time working on ‘The March of the Women: Surrey’s Road to the Vote’ project at Surrey History Centre draws to a close. I have been involved with the project for just under 18 months but I have […]

Blue plaque on a brick wall which reads 'The Dorking and Holmwood suffragette campaign of 1912 was run from this house by Charlotte Marsh (1887-1961) and Helen Gordon Liddle (1875-1956)'

A blue plaque commemorates the Dorking suffragette campaign

January 18, 20192:46 pmLeave a Comment

Coinciding to the day with the centenary of the first general election at which women were allowed to vote and to stand for election to Parliament, a blue plaque was unveiled on Friday 14 December 2018 on the wall of number 43 Howard Road, Dorking. This house was at the centre of one of the […]

Struggling to say Goodbye to Suffrage!

January 3, 201912:31 pmLeave a Comment

Hello again and a Happy New Year to all our readers. It has been a while since I last wrote a blog but felt it was important to give you all a bit of an update on what Rosie and I have been up to over the last couple of months. Well November was very […]

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 […]

A photograph of volunteer Jackie Palmer

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 […]

Photograph of female author Tessa Boase

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 […]