The voices of the suffrage campaign in Kent and East Sussex

To mark 100 years of the passing of the Representation of the People Act, some of our special places in Kent and East Sussex are exploring the struggle for women’s suffrage and the debates it inspired. Through exhibitions, live debate, performance and literature they offer the chance to delve deeper into the lives of women affected by this pivotal point in history. Every time you visit you help us continue to bring our stories to life.

Ellen Terry and Edy Craig at Smallhythe Place

'Triumphant Women' at Smallhythe Place 

2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of women achieving the vote. Across the Trust, we are exploring the stories and impact of women at the special places we care for in our Women and Power programme. Find out about the powerful women of Smallhythe Place and their roles in the suffrage movement.

Portrait of George Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston

Female Suffrage: the other side

This Spring and Summer at Bodiam Castle we are exploring Lord Curzon's leadership of the anti-suffrage campaign. Our exhibition 'Female Suffrage: the other side' is part of the 'Women and Power' national programme.

A member of the garden team hard at work

Gardening Women 

As part of our Women and Power celebration for 2018 we're hosting a new exhibition which was co-curated by Dr Catherine Horwood, using her book, Gardening Women. Read on to find out about the history of gardening through the centuries as well as how gardening women made an impact on the suffrage movement.

Oil painting on canvas, Victoria (Vita) Mary Sackville-West, Lady Nicolson (1892-1962) by Philip Alexius de László de Lombos

A Woman’s Place at Knole

Encounter the work of six contemporary artists throughout the house and grounds at Knole from Thursday 17 May. The evolution of equality is highlighted through the stories of women who have contributed to Knole’s spirit and history.