Women and Power in the North West

A century on from women achieving the vote, we’re discovering the stories and impact of women who lived and worked in the North West. From a single mother who opened a military hospital whilst caring for her children, to those who didn't get the vote and whose voices were lost. Explore their unique stories through exhibitions, events and art at these special places.

Visitors on a Lost Voices exhibition tour

Giving women a voice at Quarry Bank

In 1918, the vote was only given to women who were over 30 and owned property. For the majority of the female workforce at the Quarry Bank cotton mill, this meant they had to wait another 10 years before they could vote. Follow the trail around Quarry Bank to discover these Lost Voices. From mill worker to mill owner, each woman has her own story to tell about suffrage.

Historic image of the North range of Speke Hall

A story of Romance and Revival at Speke

Explore the untold story of Ada Watt, who lived at Speke in the Victorian era. As you wander through Ada's former home you'll discover how Ada’s love of all things Gothic influenced the restoration of the Hall in the 1850s. The centrepiece of the Romance and Revival exhibition is Ada's stylish chaise longue, brought out of storage and lovingly restored as a tribute to her life and the revival of the hall.

A member of the team at Dunham getting the new exhibition ready

The role of women at Dunham Massey

From 24 March, A Women's Place? opens its doors telling the lesser-known stories women from Dunham's past through displays, events and tours. From the first and only woman to inherit and run the estate, to a single mother who opened the military hospital whilst caring for her children, explore themes of women and power then and now.

Rufford Old Hall, Spring Blossom

Coming Soon: Marrying for money at Rufford Old Hall

From April 2018 discover a the story of tactical marriages to protect one of Lancashire's iconic Tudor houses. For Love or Money will reveal the stories and struggles of the women at Rufford who were pursued by the Hesketh heirs and married so their riches would fund the growth and expansion of the estate.

The Potter family at Wray Castle

Women of the Lake District 

Meet the women of the Lake District - we're sharing their stories and experiences with exhibitions at our places in the Lakes.