‘Researching Ordinary Lives in the Eighteenth Century’, Bristol Central Library Lunchtime Lectures, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TL, 12.30 to 1.30 pm, Thursday 7 December 2017

History isn’t just about kings and queens. In this talk, I will be talking about the challenges and rewards of researching the lives of “ordinary” people in the eighteenth century. Free. Drop in. Details and booking on Eventbrite.


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

In this talk, Professor June Hannam and local suffrage historian Lucienne Boyce 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. They 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).

‘Senseless outrages against property’: the Bristol Suffragettes, Bristol Archives, B Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN, starts 5.30 pm, Thursday 8 March 2018

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. Further details to follow.

Votes for Women 100, Saturday 19 May 2018, 11 am to 4 pm, 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 event will include talks, walks, gallery tours, film, performance, craft activities, a “meet the experts” stand where you can find out more about researching the suffrage movement, and much more. I will be speaking, and leading a short suffrage walk and a gallery tour. Details to follow.