Vote 100 Events

Easter 2018

Histoire des Suffragistes Radicales (One Hand Tied Behind Us, with Jill Norris, 1978) published by Editions Libertalia.

Paris launch events:    

Tues 27 March: 8pm, Librairie L'Atelier, 2bis Rue de Jourdain, 20e.

Fri 30 March: 7pm, See website      

Thurs 5 April: 5.30 pm - Book in the Bar, librairies internationale, 4 Rue Joseph Cabassol, 13100 Aix-en-Provence. Tel: 04 42 26 60 07)

Histoire des Suffragistes

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 who else campaigned for Votes for Women locally? And what tactics did they deploy: suffragette militancy or suffragist constitutional methods?

Hannah Mitchell and Marjory Lees both lived 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 suffragist campaigner Florence Lockwood designed her memorable banner.

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

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5 Saturday - Vote 100 in Doncaster: why did women win the vote in 1918? - 2 pm.
Was the vote won by suffragettes' militant campaign, or by  suffragists' peaceful tactics? In summer 1913, Votes for Women campaigners in Doncaster and South Yorkshire included both suffragette arsonist Lilian Lenton, and suffragists walking from all corners of the country on the great Pilgrimage ~ 'to get Asquith's ear'.

Venue: Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Chequer Road, DN1 2AE.

Organizer: Doncaster Heritage Festival. Suffrage bookstall.


Booking: tickets (£3) from the Local Studies Library (01302 734307) or email

14 Monday - Winning Votes for Women in Halifax & beyond~ 7pm.
Local Votes for Women campaigners include suffragettes Lavena Saltonstall and Dr Helena Jones ~ plus suffragist artist Florence Lockwood of Colne Valley. The talk includes readings from Rebel Girls and Vanishing for the Vote, followed by book signing.

Tickets: £4 from bookshop or call 01422 414443. Redeemable on purchase of book, & includes glass of wine.

Venue: Corner bookshop, 23-24 Rustic Level, Halifax Piece Hall, HX1 1RE. Email &

Huddersfield BannerJune 2018

2 Saturday - Vote 100: Winning Votes for Women in Huddersfield - 2pm.
The centre-piece of this talk is Huddersfield's magnificent 'Votes for Women' banner, designed and embroidered by Florence Lockwood of Linthwaite. Her banner has recently been lovingly restored (and is display from 28 April). In addition to suffragists like Florence, Huddersfield's suffragettes also campaigned, notably Edith Key and 16-year-old Dora Thewlis ~ dubbed 'baby suffragette' after her arrest at Westminster.

Venue: Tolson Museum, Huddersfield HD5 8DJ. Website

Programme: suffrage talk & Q&A session, refreshments; introductory talk to 'Our Fight for the Voting Right!' exhibition (opened 28 April) by curator Frances Stonehouse. Plus women's suffrage bookstall.

Booking: £5 (including refreshments) Phone 01484 223240 or email
Tickets also from Eventbrite

6 Wednesday - Winning Votes for Women in Sheffield and beyond - 6pm.
Everyone's heard of the Pankhursts. However youngest daughter Adela has till recently been erased from suffrage history. Yet Adela was WSPU organizer for Yorkshire, basing herself in Sheffield. Here she harassed visiting Liberal Cabinet ministers ~ and evaded the 1911 census. Suffragist Dr Helen Wilson preferred dignified campaigning ~ like the great 1913 Suffrage Pilgrimage which passed through Sheffield. Which campaigning tactics won women the vote?

Venue: Blackwell University Bookshop, Jessop West 1, Upper Hanover St, Sheffield S3 7RA.  0114 2787211.  

Tickets: entrance is free, but booking is via
Programme: glass of wine, suffrage talk, Q&A session, book signing.

10 Sunday - Walking with Women's Suffrage, Hebden Bridge ~ 2.15 pm.
Walk in the footsteps of Lavena Saltonstall, visiting the homes of local suffragettes, the clothing factories where they worked, and George Square where Emmeline Pankhurst addressed the crowds in 1907.

Booking:  your place must be booked beforehand (£4.50). Booking opens on 1st May at the Visitor Centre desk, Halifax Central Library. For further details about booking,

Working Class Movement Library, Salford - to be confirmed.

14 Thursday - One Hand Tied Behind Us: 40 Years On - 6 pm.

Join us to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the suffrage classic, One Hand Tied Behind Us. It tells the story of the radical suffragists who took their message out to women in the Lancashire cotton towns. First published by Virago in 1978, with a third edition by Rivers Oram Press in 2000, One Hand has remained in print for forty years.

The evening is a tribute to Ruth and Eddie Frow’s pioneering Working Class Movement Library, & its support for the research by Jill Liddington and Jill Norris. Also a celebration of Vote 100, the 2018 centenary of women over 30 winning the right to vote - at long last!

Venue: Old Fire Station, The Crescent, University of Salford M5 4NL (200 yards down from the WCML).


Organizers: Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford M5 4WX.

Bookstall: copies of One Hand.

Admission: free

Working Class Library

Working Class Movement Library

July 2018

1 Sunday - Suffragettes and Slaves, Halifax walk - 11.30 am.
Visit the homes of Halifax's own nest of suffragettes. This 4-hour walk from Skircoat Green crosses Savile Park, goes along Queen's Road to Pellon Lane and then down to the Mechanics' Institute where in 1911 Emmeline Pankhurst urged women to boycott the government's census.

Bring snack lunch. This walk is part of the UK-wide EqualiTeas celebrations, & ends with tea & biscuits (£2.30) at the White Swan. We return to Skircoat Green by local bus.

Booking:  your place must be booked beforehand (£4.50). Booking opens on 1st May at the Visitor Centre desk, Halifax Central Library. For further details about booking,

8 Sunday - Walking with Women's Suffrage, Huddersfield - 2.30.
In 1906, the nation's eyes were trained on Huddersfield. Emmeline Pankhurst swept into town and addressed massive crowds. Walk in the footsteps of local suffragettes Edith Key and Dora Thewlis, visiting their homes. The 1½-2-hour walk ends with cup of tea & Q&A.

Meeting point: Harold Wilson's statue, Huddersfield station HD1 1LG.

Charge: £3; no booking required.

Organizers: Discover Huddersfield

September 2018

15 Saturday~Walking with women's suffrage up the Colne Valley ~ 11.30am.
From Huddersfield station, walk in the footsteps of local suffragists and suffragettes. This five-mile route along the canal towpath takes us past Linthwaite ~ home of artist and suffragist Florence Lockwood, who designed Huddersfield's beautiful NUWSS banner
Please bring picnic lunch & snacks. Route includes steep descent down stone steps. Towpath may be muddy. Tea & cake in Slaithwaite at end.

Meeting point: Harold Wilson's statue, St George's Square, Huddersfield station HD1 1LG.

Booking: free for Heritage Open Days, but booking essential through Huddersfield Library, Email or 01484 223200.  Booking will open on 15 August.

Details here

Organizers: Discover Huddersfield,

19 Wednesday - Preston (UCLan & Harris Museum)

Telling the stories of local suffragette Edith Rigby, and of radical suffragist Selina Cooper of Nelson. In midsummer 1913, the WSPU's arson campaign included Edith's burning down a local house; this contrasted vividly with the suffragists' great Pilgrimage down to London. Which propaganda tactic was more effective in 'getting Asquith's ear'?

Tickets available here

Jill Liddington's recent talks: 2014 to 2018