Celebrating remarkable women in our history

Edith Marchioness of Londonderry

Throughout 2018, the National Trust will be celebrating the centenary of the Representation of People Act which brought the vote to some women for the first time. To mark this historic moment, we will be celebrating the lives and legacies of the women who made our places special with a series of special events.

Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart will have a series of happenings to explore the history of the women of the Londonderry family. The programme will kick off in May with the return of Twilight at the Trust. Summer favourite, Jazz Sundays return with a new vintage twist showcasing fashion and identity. The celebration will culminate with an exhibition with the National Portrait Gallery (November 2018 to February 2019) bringing together key elements of the Mount Stewart and National Portrait Gallery’s collections to explore the themes of gender, identity and perceptions of power. 

Castle Ward

This year we will be discovering the facts behind the women of Castle Ward, learning more about who they were as people. Celebrating the legacy of trailblazing scientist and artist Mary Ward, the Mary Ward Discovery Centre will help children and families create their own experiments at events during the year, all leading to a full celebration of Mary’s legacy in 2019.


Florence Court

Learn about the remarkable women who shaped the history of the sustainable Irish estate of Florence Court on our new guided house tour ‘Hidden Graces’ and later in the year, the Giant’s Causeway will be celebrating the female entrepreneurs who first put this iconic landmark on the tourist map.

For a full calendar of events please visit our What's On section