The March begins!

September 5, 201710:31 amLeave a Comment
Front cover of Ethel Smyth's composition The March of the Women, dedicated to the Women's Social and Political Union, 1911 (SHC Ref. 9180/5)

Front cover of Ethel Smyth’s composition The March of the Women, dedicated to the Women’s Social and Political Union, 1911 (SHC ref 9180/5)

Welcome to the first of many blogs for our new project The March of the Women: Surrey’s Road to the Vote. Kindly supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project will celebrate the centenary of the 1918 Act of Parliament which gave the vote to women over the age of 30. The project will focus on Surrey’s hugely significant role in the long campaign for women’s suffrage and will explore the contributions made by local women and men to the cause. Some of these stories will never have been told before.

We’ve had a fantastic response to the project so far, with enquiries and expressions of interest rolling in since the press release went out in June. We’ve been busy behind the scenes preparing for the Autumn school workshops, through which students will research aspects of the suffrage cause in Surrey and create a radio play podcast. In our previous funded projects we have created videos, booklets and staged dramatic performances but this will be our first foray into the world of radio, and we are hugely excited!

We’re also looking forward to our dedicated project archivist starting with us in October and she will introduce herself in the next blog. Among other project tasks, a mound of unearthed suffrage discoveries awaits them in the archives here and we can’t wait to share these with you.

Anti suffrage campaign material among the personal papers of Bertha Marion Broadwood, of Lyne, Capel, a committed anti-suffrage supporter (SHC ref <strong><a title="Anti suffrage campaign material among the personal papers of Bertha Marion Broadwood" href="https://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/collections/getrecord/SHCOL_2185_BMB_7" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2185/BMB/7/-</a></strong>).

Anti suffrage campaign material among the personal papers of Bertha Marion Broadwood, of Lyne, Capel, a committed anti-suffrage supporter (SHC ref 2185/BMB/7/-).

A project display will be going up in the Surrey History Centre foyer during October and this will be updated regularly with project news, events, news from our partners, and of course our discoveries. We’ll be linking with the national campaigns including Vote 100 and Suffrage Pioneers, as well as cross-promoting projects and events from around the region, many of which we will be supporting through talks, articles, blogs and displays.

If you’d like to know more about the project do take a look at our dedicated project web page https://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/themes/people/activists/road-to-the-vote/. This will be updated as the project progresses to become your one-stop shop for all things suffrage in Surrey.

If you’d like to volunteer for the project in any way, tell us about a suffrage project you’d like us to know about, or have information about any aspect of the suffrage campaign in Surrey, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact Di Stiff, Surrey Heritage’s Collections Development Archivist, email: [email protected] or Tel: 01483 518740.

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