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

Portrait of Edith Vane-Tempest Stewart, Lady Londonderry

This year we’re marking 100 years since the Representation of the People Act granted some women the right to vote with a year-long programme called Women and Power.

Over 2018 you’ll be able to discover the stories of the women (and men) from our places who fought both for and against female suffrage through new exhibitions, podcasts, art installations and much more.

You’ll also be able to explore the wider history of women as we uncover previously untold stories of the women who shaped our places.

Agnes Pochin, Laura McLaren and Priscilla Bright-McLaren

What is Women and Power? 

Throughout 2018 you’ll be able to discover how the places we care for have been home to women of every background; women of incredible strength and determination, whose voices were often silenced. Join us to explore how their lives helped to shape the modern world.

Staff in a photoshoot

Women and Power exhibitions, art installations and events 

Many of our places are hosting exhibitions, art installations and events illuminating the stories behind the struggle for suffrage.

The battle over female suffrage

Portrait of Violet Ann Bland

From kitchen maid to suffragette 

Discover the story of Violet Ann Bland, a kitchen maid from Dudmaston who became a suffragette hunger-striker. A participant in ‘Black Friday’, a large suffrage event held in November 1910, Bland later received four months’ imprisonment for window-breaking in 1912, joining a major hunger-strike in Aylesbury prison.

Stories from our places

Lady Jane Grey in her VAD nurses uniform at Stamford Military Hospital (Dunham Massey), Cheshire

Women’s stories from the First World War 

We look after many places with connections to the First World War. Discover stories from the women who played a vital role in the war.