Women and Power: Suffragists vs Lord Curzon at Bodiam Castle

As part of the National Trust's 'Women and Power' programme this year, come and discover the views of previous castle owner, Lord Curzon of Kedleston, on women getting the vote.

A re-enactor recites the views of Lord Curzon on women's votes to a Suffragist in the castle at Bodiam in East Sussex

Celebrating 100 years of women's vote

To celebrate 100 years since women got the vote, the National Trust is highlighting some of the important women and men who played their part in this controversial campaign.

Former owner of Bodiam Castle, Lord Curzon of Kedleston, was particularly vocal on this subject and we take a look back at his views at our Suffragists vs Lord Curzon events throughout the summer.

A heated debate

Join us for a light-hearted debate between Lord Curzon (aka actor Geoff Hutchinson) and a group of local suffragists.

Hear the arguments for and against the case for women's vote and join in yourself if you feel so moved. We'll have a friendly local 'Bobby' on hand to keep order so choose your words carefully or you may be served with a warning.

  • Debates take place on Sat 12 May, Sat 16 June, Sun 15 July and Sun 2 September 2018
  • Debate times will be 12.00 noon, 1.00pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm on each of the above dates
  • Come and listen in the castle courtyard
  • Free event but normal castle admission charges apply
  • Part of the 'Women and Power' programme
Bodiam Castle
Suffragists with their Votes for Women placards outside Bodiam Castle in East Sussex
Bodiam Castle
Suffragettes dressed in whitte marching.

Women and Power: Exploring women’s history at our places 

Explore the lives of those who fought for and against women's suffrage as we mark 100 years since some women were granted the right to vote. Uncover the previously untold stories of the women who helped shape our places with exhibitions, art installations, podcasts and more.

Hear the hidden stories of women at Knole in the showrooms as part of A Woman's Place

Women and Power exhibitions, art installations and events 

Part of the Women and Power programme, many of our places are hosting exhibitions, art installations and events illuminating the stories behind the struggle for suffrage.

Ellen Terry and Edy Craig at Smallhythe Place

The celebratory exhibitions at Smallhythe Place

New exhibitions, Edy Craig: Women, Suffrage and the Theatre and The Shakespearean Lectures of Ellen Terry will be on display at Smallhythe Place celebrating the women of Smallhythe in the Suffrage movement.