Bringing Killerton to life with our community

Choir in front of the house

As part of the story at Killerton this year we have been working closely with local community groups, including drama groups, choirs schools, collages and Girl Guide groups, to bring to life Gertrude, Eleanor and the suffrage story.

As part of the exhibition in the house, 'Votes for Women?' small dramas based on real speeches and written documents have been created by Eileen Dillon, Learning and Engagement Officer at Killerton. With actors from Bradninch Players, Tiverton Dramatic Society, Exeter Little Theatre, Broadclyst Theatre Group and Broadclyst Primary school are bringing to life the people of Killerton who were invloved in the suffrage campaign. 

Every Tuesday and Saturday at 12, 1, 2 and 3pm until Saturday 3 November Soapbox dramas take place in the garden. Hear from Eleanor Acland explaining her suffragist views, Gertrude Acland and her opposing anti-suffrage views, Mrs Somervell, whose speech was delivered at the Killerton anti-suffrage garden party in 1910, or Christabel Pankhurst can be seen challenging Eleanor Acland's non-militant views on the campaign.

Allison Harris of Tiverton Dramatic Society delivering Gertrude Acland's speech
An actor on the Killerton soapbox
Allison Harris of Tiverton Dramatic Society delivering Gertrude Acland's speech

Songs played an important role in the suffrage campaign and part of the 'Votes for Women?' exhibition. Local choirs, Songfishers and Bradninch Festival Choir have helped celebrate the centenary of women's votes.

Songfishers have performed for visitors in the house as well as at the launch for the National Portrait Gallery partnership exhibition, 'Faces of Change: Votes for Women'.

Singing on the stairs at Killerton
Singing on the stairs at Killerton
Singing on the stairs at Killerton

Bradninch Festival Choir marched down the drive (in Suffragette fashion) to launch the Sopabox dramas.

Singing your protest
A choir marching and singing
Singing your protest

We have been working closely locol primary school, to raisie awareness of politics. Eileen Dillon delivered a programme of workshops titled, 'Active Citizenship' to over 267 pupils aged 10 and 11 from local primary schools.

Those local school also took part in the 'Voices of Children' banner project, where, inspired by the Suffrage campaign and the exhibition in the house, 'Votes for Women?', they created their own banners on a current campaign.

Children's work on modern protest
Protest banners in the chapel
Children's work on modern protest

These banners are on display in Killerton Chapel until Sunday 2 September.