Women, Citizenship and the 1918 Representation of the People Act: Bristol Women in Politics, 6 pm to 7 pm, Thursday 15 February 2018, Bristol MShed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 4RN

In this talk, Professor June Hannam and I will look at women’s participation in local and national politics following the Representation of the People Act 1918. They will consider why women wanted the vote; how the Representation of the People Act 1918 affected both the municipal and Parliamentary franchise; and how women prepared for their new status as citizens. We will explore these and related questions with a focus on Bristol, using local case studies, including the careers of Mabel Tothill and Emily Smith. Part of the series of lectures organised by the Regional History Centre. You can find out more about this and other events in the Regional History Centre MShed lecture programme (opens as PDF document).


Suffrage at St George’s, 7 pm, Monday 5 March 2018,  St George’s, Great George Street (off Park Street), Bristol, BS1 5RR

St George’s concert hall is in the middle of an area which saw an astonishing amount of activity during the campaign for votes for women. Bristol’s non-militant campaigners had their headquarters on Park Street, and the suffragettes were at the top of the hill on Queen’s Road. Join me for tales of colourful marches, demonstrations against royalty, riots and stone-throwing – all on St George’s doorstep! Cost £5 per person. Booking via St George’s website here.


‘Senseless outrages against property’: the Bristol Suffragettes, 5.30 pm to 6.45 pm, Thursday 8 March 2018, Bristol Archives, B Bond Warehouse (via Create Centre), Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN

To celebrate International Women’s Day, this talk will use records from Bristol Archives to tell the story of Bristol suffragettes and consider the way national and local politics influenced the course of the militant suffrage campaign in the city. Drop in. No admission fee but donations welcome. For further details see the Bristol Archives website. 


The Legacies of the First World War, Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival, 10 am to 5.30 pm, Saturday 21 April 1918, Hawkesbury Upton

In the centenary of the end of the First World War, Suzie Grogan, Simon Bendry and Lucienne Boyce discuss some of the legacies of the War. They will consider how the trauma of the War had an impact on the nation’s mental health; its impact on the village of Hawkesbury Upton; and the effect it had on women’s lives.

Suzie Grogan is the author of the acclaimed Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War’s Legacy for Britain’s Mental Health.

Simon Bendry is the author of Hawkesbury at War: the Roll of Honour which tells the stories of all those who fought, and died, in the First World War.

For further information see the HULF website.


A Walk With the Bristol Suffragettes, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, 13 June 2018

In 1907 Annie Kenney brought the militant struggle for votes for women to Bristol. Over the next few years the city witnessed colourful demonstrations, window-breaking, arson and riot. In this walk, I’ll tell the story of Bristol’s suffragette years and some of the women who fought for women’s right to vote. The walk starts outside the University of Bristol Students’ Union, Richmond Building, 105 Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1LN and ends at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on Queen’s Road. Allow 1.5 hours. Further details to follow.


Votes for Women 100, 11 am to 4 pm, Saturday 30 June 2018, Bristol MShed, Prince’s Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 4RN

The West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network has partnered with Bristol MShed, Bristol Libraries, Bristol Outstories, and representatives of the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of votes for (some) women. This free, drop-in event will include talks, walks, gallery tours, a showing of the film Make More Noise: Suffragettes in Silent Film, a performance of Cicely Hamilton’s 1910 comedy How the Vote Was Won, craft activities for children, a “meet the experts” stand where you can find out more about researching the suffrage movement, and a panel discussion on what the vote has achieved for women and what has yet to be done.

Please note: this is a change from the date originally advertised due to the announcement that a royal wedding will be taking place on 19 May 2018.


Quakers and the Votes for Women Campaign, 6.15 pm Friday 31 August to 2pm Sunday 2 September 2018, Woodbrooke Study Centre, 1046 Bristol Road, Birmingham B29 6LJ

I will be leading this weekend residential course which will look at the involvement of Quakers in the campaign for the women’s franchise. Drawing on case studies of individual Quaker women, we will explore Quaker responses to the campaign, looking at the historical context, the rise of militancy, and the impact of the First World War. We will also consider what lessons the campaign has for activists today. Cost £170-£245. For details and booking see the Woodbrooke Study Centre website.