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Vote 100 Events

January 2018

20 Saturday: Celebrating the Centenary: sp who else campaigned round here after Annie Kenney?

Saddleworth, 2.30pm.

The story is well known of suffragette Annie Kenney who grew up on the Saddleworth-Oldham border. So who else campaigned locally for Votes for Women after she left? And what tactics did they deploy: suffragette militancy or suffragist constitutional methods?

Jill Liddington follows the road up from Manchester to Saddleworth, over the Pennines and down into Colne Valley. Here she looks at banner-maker Florence Lockwood & at Elizabeth Pinnance. And at two campaigners living up the Oldham Road:  working-class Hannah Mitchell, and Marjory Lees who joined the great 1913 Suffrage Pilgrimage to London - in a horse-drawn caravan.

Jill's talk ends with Vote 100 plans to 'Celebrate the Century' of  women over 30 winning in 1918 - at long last!

Venue: Saddleworth Museum, High Street, Uppermill, OL3 6HS.   

Booking: £3 (non-members), free to members. All welcome. Suffrage bookstall.


February 2018

3 Saturday: Conference on Suffrage & Political Activism - Cambridge.

This Vote 100 conference commemorates the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, enfranchising most women over 30.

Reflecting on suffrage history across four decades. If all campaigners wanted the vote, why was it so complex?

Jill Liddington opens with discovering radical suffragists Selina Cooper and Ada Nield Chew - then focusses on the years 1911-1914. The suffragettes' plot to boycott the 1911 census was opposed by the large Women's Co-operative Guild. Why? Later, the labour-suffrage pact gave radical suffragists new political allies - yet tensions remained. Finally, in 1913, walking together on the great Suffrage Pilgrimage were both working-class women and their affluent sisters ~ all disenfranchised. Against a background of suffragette arson attacks, the pilgrims' aim was to get Asquith's ear. Which propaganda tactics succeeded?

Other speakers include Sheila Rowbotham on links across the Atlantic: Jane Robinson on the Great Suffragist Pilgrimage of 1913; & Elizabeth Crawford on Pictures and Politics, accompanying an exhibition of suffrage posters.

Venue: Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.

Organizers: Girton College, Cambridge; Murray Edwards College, Cambridge; the Labour History Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin University; and the University of Cambridge Library.

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6 Tuesday: 1918 Representation of the People Act - centenary.   For details of events:

13 Tuesday: Suffragettes: Deeds Not Words ~ British Library 7pm.

Suffrage panel discussion ~ with Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst; Robert Wainwright, biographer of Muriel Matters, the Women's Freedom League; and Jill Liddington on her first suffrage history, One Hand Tied Behind Us (Virago 1978) which told the story of the radical suffragists of the Lancashire cotton towns.     Panel chair: Julia Wheeler.

Booking: £12.00 (£10 & £8 concessions).

Further details

Venue: Knowledge Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.

17 Saturday: Celebrating the Centenary: what was special about York's Votes for Women campaign? York, 2pm

As part of the Vote 100 celebrations, Jill Liddington looks at the wide sweep of suffragists and suffragettes who campaigned across Yorkshire.  With a particular focus on York itself, she asks: what was special about this city's Votes for Women campaign? And what did win the vote for women over 30 in 1918?

Venue: York Explore Library, Library Square, York YO1 7DS.

Tickets: £6 (£5 with York Card). Suffrage bookstall.

More info

March 2018

8 Thursday: International Women’s Day.

10 Saturday: Campaigning for Votes for Women in Sheffield - 2pm.
Everyone’s heard of Emmeline Pankhurst, her daughters Christabel and Sylvia, and how they moved down to London. But youngest daughter Adela stayed north, becoming WSPU organizer for Yorkshire, basing herself in Sheffield.

Here, pioneer suffragist Dr Helen Wilson distanced herself from Adela’s confrontations. She preferred dignified campaigning ~ like the great 1913 Pilgrimage which passed through Sheffield. Which tactics were more effective: WSPU militancy or suffragist tactics? What really won women the vote in 1918?

Venue: Weston Park Museum, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TP.


Booking via Eventbrite (£3)

From 27 Tuesday: One Hand Tied Behind Us: the rise of the women's suffrage movement (with Jill Norris, 1978, 1984, 2000), publication of French edition, Histoire des Suffragistes Radicales, by Editions Libertalia.

Book launch events, Paris, 27-30 March; & Aix-en-Provence on 5 April.


Further details to follow.

April 2018

18 Wednesday: Celebrating the Centenary: Votes for Women campaigners around Oldham - 7pm.

The census schedule of Henry Brockhouse, West Bromwich. The National Archives.

Votes for Women campaigners around Oldham.
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Local artist Helen Bradley painted Annie Kenney speaking in the street outside local mills: but what then became of this suffragette? Who else campaigned for Votes for Women locally? And what tactics did they deploy: suffragette militancy or suffragist constitutional methods?

Jill Liddington looks at Hannah Mitchell and Marjory Lees, both living up the Oldham Road. Working-class Hannah wrote a classic suffragette autobiography, The Hard Way Up; whilst suffragist Marjory of Werneth Park joined the great 1913 Suffrage Pilgrimage to London ~ in a horse-drawn caravan. On the other side of Oldham stretched the Colne Valley constituency. Here artist and campaigner Florence Lockwood designed her memorable suffragist banner.

Venue: Oldham Local Studies & Archives, 84 Union Street, OL1 1DN.

Organizer: Oldham Local Studies and Archives.



Walking with Women's Suffrage: Hebden Bridge, Halifax and Huddersfield. Details of Votes for Women walks - to follow.

Also, 30.6 – 2.7 celebrates EqualiTeas. See  Share, debate, celebrate with a cup of tea and a slice of cake - after your walk!

September 2018

31 Fri - 2 Sun:  WHN Conference - The Campaign for Women's Suffrage: national & international perspectives.

Venue: University of Portsmouth.

Organizers: Women's History Network. Details to follow.

15 Saturday: Walking with women's suffrage up the Colne Valley - a wonderful 5-mile walk; meet at Huddersfield station. [t.b.c.]

11 Tues - 19 Wed: Road Scholar Conference: The Road to the Vote: Celebrating 100 years of UK Women's suffrage - Cambridge:

17 Monday: What do Women do in Archives? Reflecting on women's suffrage across four decades: an international perspective ~ 5.30 pm.

In the UK, the Votes for Women campaign largely focused its sights on the British government and British public. But it always included a wider perspective ~ especially the International Woman Suffrage Alliance. What did we know about international suffrage then ~ and what do we know about it now?


Conference: Programme # 23142RJ & (if UK resident) chose program-only option. Most conference participants will come from the US.

Venue: Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge CB3 OBU.

Further information: to follow.  

Jill Liddington's recent talks: 2014 to 2017