Women and Power exhibitions, art installations and events

Replica dresses of the pro-suffrage Eleanor Acland and the anti-suffrage Gertrude Acland

2018 marks 100 years since some women were granted the right to vote. To honour this milestone, we are highlighting stories and personalities from women’s history and the fight for female suffrage.

We’re hosting events, exhibitions and art installations, bringing to life the women who helped shape our places on both sides of the suffrage debate.

Our highlights:

Misrepresented

Misrepresented? at Cliveden, Berkshire 

February 2018 onwards

Discover an outdoor exhibition and an immersive audio experience as you learn about the real-life inspiring stories of Cliveden's women, from past to present.

Votes for Women?

Fashion, Femininity and the Right to Vote at Killerton, Devon 

Feb – October 2018

Explore the fashion collection at Killerton in the exhibition ‘Branded: Fashion, Femininity and the Right to Vote’. You’ll be able to see the clothing and objects worn and used by suffragettes and suffragists, including Eleanor Acland’s spectacular hand-embroidered couture wedding dress, made by Nicaud of Paris.

Dunham's housekeeper for 28 years from 1908-1936.

A Woman's Place? at Dunham Massey, Cheshire 

March 2018 onwards

Follow in the footsteps of some of the previous female inhabitants of the house. There will be plenty to get involved in, from reading and drawing, to watching short films, or taking part in workshops or debates. There is also an all-female picture hang in the Great Gallery.

A pencil sketch depicting two lovers sitting on a bench under a tree

Beyond Ophelia - A Celebration of Lizzie Siddal at Wightwick, Wolverhampton 

1 March - 24 December 2018

A journey into the life of the woman who was a Pre-Raphaelite muse, as well as a professional artist and poet in her own right. View some of her rarely displayed paintings and discover more about her struggle for recognition in a patriarchal Victorian art world.

Archive image of 3 women in Styal village

Discover the Lost Voices of Quarry Bank, Cheshire 

3 March – 7 October 2018

Hear the voices of some incredible women, from mill workers to mill owners, whose stories could have so easily been lost in history, due to their social and political status.

The Entrance Front at Cragside

Women of Industry at Cragside, Northumberland 

April – July 2018

Inspired by the history of innovation and engineering at Cragside, you will be able to explore the lives of pioneering women who worked in the factory of Lord Armstrong, industrialist and builder of Cragside, during the First World War. Through an exhibition, trail and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related family activities, the question of why women are still underrepresented in the engineering profession today will be explored.

The 17th century barn theatre at Smallhythe Place

Triumphant Women at Smallhythe Place, Kent 

5 April 2018 onwards

In a new exhibition Triumphant Women, you can learn more about the women from Smallhythe who were involved in the Suffrage movement. Edy Craig: Women, Suffrage and the Theatre will be on show in the Barn Theatre and green room, whilst The Shakespearean Lectures of Ellen Terry will be exhibited in the main house.