Women and Power in the South West

This year we're shining a light on the stories of women at National Trust places and commemorating the anniversary of women first getting the vote.

Photographs from 'First Women UK' exhibition

‘First Women UK’, a photographic exhibition by Anita Corbin

‘First Women UK’ is on display at the Fox Talbot Museum from Saturday 15 September to Sunday 3 February.

Veronica Keiller

Breaking ground: Female archaeologists at Avebury

To mark the 100 year anniversary of some women gaining the right to vote in Britain, this year at Avebury we will bring to light the contributions made by female archaeologists in the twentieth century.

Bal Maidens working at St Ives

Women on the Tin Coast: The Double Shift  

Learn more about Bal Maidens that worked on the Tin Coast with our Women on the Tin Coast: The Double Shift programme this year.

The first exhibition in the chapel

Unearthing Hidcote

The doors to the chapel are now open for a brand new exhibition series launching this year.

An old photographic portrait of Kate Hardy, sister to author Thomas Hardy

Women and Power at Hardy's Cottage 

To understand how Thomas Hardy became one of the country’s greatest Victorian writers, we must revisit his childhood. Meet the ‘Hardy women’ who lived at the cottage and discover their inspirational stories.

Illustration of Ida Copeland by Keith Sparrow for the I Dare exhibition at Trelissick, Cornwall

I Dare, I Dream, I Do 

Politician, activist and philanthropist: discover the story of Ida Copeland though the rolling programme of exhibitions in Trelissick house throughout 2018.

Sara Coleridge, née Fricker

Romantic Women

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - in the life of this great man were some great women whose stories are rarely told. The tales of their lives and their struggles during Coleridge's time at the cottage are revealed through these guided tours.

Joyce Wethered, champion golfer alongside her contemporaries including Glenna Collett

Golf, Gardens and Guides: discovering the story of Joyce, Lady Amory

Find out more about the incredible life story of Joyce Wethered, later Lady Amory, and the legacy she's left for women today through a new exhibition from 3 March 2018.

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.

Orcombe Point at Exmouth

Edith Pratt OBE, a champion for wartime women

Look back to the First World War when Edith Pratt of Prattshayes forged the way for women in the workplace.


Women and Power 2018

Marking 100 years since women were first granted the right to vote in 1918, Women & Power is a nationwide exploration of the impact these social changes had on women of the time, and the legacy that was born from it.

Beyond the Portrait at Kingston Lacy

Beyond the Portrait: Revealing the woman within

Women have played a crucial role in the development of Kingston Lacy, yet their stories and influence have remained largely hidden. Throughout 2018 and 2019 we are delving deeper into the lives of four women who have been instrumental in shaping Kingston Lacy across 400 years of the estate’s history. 

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.