Women and Power at Croft Castle
From Saturday 5 May to Sunday 4 November 2018, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which allowed some women the right to vote for the first time.
2018 marked 100 years since the Representation of the People Act. To commemorate this significant milestone, we shared the stories of some of Croft's key women through objects and paintings in the castle.
You could discover more about the Croft's royal connections to Elizabeth I and Princess Charlotte, the efforts made by Katherine Croft and her daughter Elinor to buy the castle back in 1923 and the vital contributions Dorothy Kevill-Davies and Anne Page Croft made to the war effort on the Home Front from 1914-18.
Objects were marked by rosettes in the colours of the Women’s Suffrage movement:
Purple is the royal colour, it stands for the royal blood which flows in the veins of every suffragette.
White stands for purity in private and public life.
Green is the colour of hope and the emblem of spring.
We invited you to vote for the stories which most inspired you when you returned to the Hall. We can now reveal that the Green stories came first (Hope), the Purple stories second (Dignity) and the White stories third (Purity). Thank you so much to everyone who voted. We will still be telling these stories througout 2019, so do ask the team about them on your next visit.
The Croft cloth
Many of you became part of our collective remembrance by adding your signature to a fabric oak leaf in the dining room. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Croft cloth; it has been wonderful to see so many names added. The oak leaves will now be stitched together to form a table runner for the Dining Room; the completed cloth will be on display on weekends from Saturday 17 November.
" Hundreds of people have now signed their name on a fabric leaf to become part of our commemorative cloth. We have enjoyed sitting with people on weekends as they sew their name, or leave tributes to their loved ones. We’ve had people of all ages give it a go, from children sewing for the first time to a 91 year old who sewed her age into her leaf. "