Faces of Change: Votes for Women

Laura and George Ridding and Sylvia Pankhurst portrait images

In partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, an incredible array of photographs and paintings are being displayed at Killerton celebrating key figures in the national campaign for women’s suffrage.

Faces of Change: Votes for Women exhibition

4 August – 31 October 2018

As part of this special touring exhibition, you’ll be able to see well-known but rarely seen paintings, drawings, photographs and documents from the National Portrait Gallery Collection and items from our places that explore the debate that waged over women’s suffrage.

The exhibition will include items relevant to each place, connecting local stories of social protest, family divisions and deeply held beliefs to the wider national story.

Presenting an overview of the campaign for Votes for Women from the late 19th century until 1918, it includes portraits of key figures such as suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel and Sylvia, and surveillance photographs of militant suffragettes.

Also on display are portraits representing the legacy of the suffrage movement, including Nancy Astor, the first woman to take her seat as an MP in the House of Commons, by John Singer Sargent, and a photograph of MP Ellen Wilkinson leading the Jarrow March in 1936.

Potratis of Gertrude and Eleanor Acland.

Votes for women?

Two Killerton women campaigned on opposite sides of the debate for women's votes. Discover their stories and find out more about the campaign for women's suffrage. Part of the Women and Power programme.

Marching Suffragettes c.1908

Branded: fashion, feminity and the right to vote

Safe under the newly repaired roof, the fashion collection is back. This year meet the radical women who made fashion political during the campaign for women's suffrage.