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.

Kirsty Wark stands in front of a suffragette statue

Our women's suffrage podcast series presented by Kirsty Wark 

In this five-part series we lift the lid on our archives to uncover the seldom-told stories of maids, mill-workers, politicians and even royalty, who fought and campaigned to help shape the world we live in today.

Votes for Women? exhibition

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.

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.

The battle over female suffrage

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.