Women and power at Hardwick
As we mark the centenary of when some women were given the vote in England, we look at the different generations of women at Hardwick and what power meant for them.
Who got the vote?
We start the story with the suffrage movement and its impact on Hardwick, a time when the Duchess Evelyn was lady of the house.
On the middle floor, using information from our archives, character cards carry the names and occupations of some of those that lived and worked at Hardwick. Take a card to find out more about them and whether they'd have got the vote in 1918.
Cast your vote
In the Old Kitchen, cast your vote in one of our two voting booths. Over the course of the year we'll be posing a series of different questions on some of today's hot topics and sharing the results on social media.
In the dining room, learn how Evelyn's concerns about the suffragets' militant tactics led to the creation of the fire pond in the grounds. Replicas of letters we've discovered alongside newspaper cuttings detail various events during this time and show the feeling of the Devonshire family.
There's also a short film which shows some key events from the time too.
Still to come...
Later in the season we'll also be delving into Bess' status attributed to her wealth. Learn how she rose through the ranks to become the second most powerful woman in Elizabethan England, what her money was able to buy and what a savvy business woman she was. It's also the chance to take a closer look at some key items in Hardwick's collection.