A Room of One's Own events

This year, five locations are opening their doors to artists, writers and academics. This is part of our Women and Power programme and is based on the title of Virginia Woolf's seminal work. You'll be able to explore the often untold stories of women connected with these places through new films, exhibitions and writing workshops.

A portrait of Nancy Astor by John Singer Sargent which is on display at Cliveden

A Room of One’s Own at Cliveden, Berkshire  

June - November 2018

Celebrity intrigue has always surrounded Cliveden. This collaboration with Paines Plough theatre company brings to life via audio the stories of some of the women who walked in these gardens. Influential women, including Nancy Astor and Victorian political hostess, the Duchess of Sutherland, are brought to life by actors, who explore their reputations and legacies.

Machinery in the Pump House at Cragside

Switched On: shining a light on female innovation at Cragside, Northumberland  

23 June – end 2018

Teaming up with Newcastle University, Cragside is exhibiting work from some of the North East’s most talented STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) innovators. You'll be able to see new ideas and products created by talented students, paving the way for a new generation of thinkers, all set in the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity.

Virginia Woolf sits in her room at Monk's House

A Room of One’s Own at Monk’s House, Sussex  

11 July – 28 October 2018

In the setting of Virginia Woolf’s writing hut, you can explore the meanings behind her famous essay, A Room of One’s Own. Woolf’s passionate exploration of female creativity restrained by patriarchal society is brought to life in a new audio-visual interpretation.

A portrait of Hannah More

Little Elevations at Tyntesfield, Somerset 

24 June – October 2018

Hannah More, campaigner for female education and the abolition of slavery, wrote poetry on Tyntesfield’s neigbouring estate in the 1700s. Little Elevations sees Bristol-based poet Holly Corfield-Carr take up a residency at Tyntesfield to write new work inspired by More. Throughout the summer, Corfield-Carr will also host a series of exciting writing workshops led by guest female poets.

A suffragette meeting from 1906

Art and Activism at Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton  

From September 2018

Kate Charlesworth, illustrator, cartoonist and graphic novelist, takes up residence at Wightwick, continuing in the Mander family’s tradition of celebrating women's artistic achievements. You'll be able to wander through rooms where Suffragist debates took place, surrounded by the work of women artists from over a century ago.

Our Women and Power programme marks 100 years since some women gained the right to vote. It explores the lives of those who fought for suffrage, as well as those who influenced change throughout history.