Votes for women?

2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which empowered some women by giving them the right to vote in British parliamentary elections. The centenary was celebrated in 2018 across the National Trust through its Women and Power programme. Killerton played a major role in telling the story of the campaign for women’s suffrage.

Votes for Women? Killerton's 2018 exhibition.

An intriguing suffrage story was unearthed involving the Acland family which formed the core of the exhibition in the house last year. The Aclands were a family divided over the question of women’s suffrage as Eleanor Acland was a leading suffragist campaigner in direct political opposition to her anti-suffragist Aunt Gertrude.

Suffrage:The right to vote in political elections
Suffragist: A person using constitutional and lawful means to campaign for the extension of suffrage, especially to women.
Suffragette: Originally a derogatory term coined by the popular press to describe women who adopted militant and sometimes unlawful means to campaign for women’s suffrage.
Anti-suffragist: Men and women who campaigned against the extension of suffrage to women.

Get warm and cosy and play a game or two.
The fire lit in the Music room.
Get warm and cosy and play a game or two.
Suffragette versus Suffragist
Quotes displayed on a bookshelf
Suffragette versus Suffragist
A political debate at dinner?
Dining room with place settings
A political debate at dinner?

Staff in a photoshoot

Suffragette photoshoot

Marking 100 years of some women getting the vote.

Choir in front of the house

Bringing Killerton to life with our community

As part of the story at Killerton this year we have been working closely with local community groups to bring to life Gertrude, Eleanor and the suffrage story.

Women who fought for suffrage

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

Explore the lives of those who fought for and against women's suffrage as we mark 100 years since some women were granted the right to vote. Uncover the previously untold stories of the women who helped shape our places with exhibitions, art installations, podcasts and more.