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.

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.

Promotional material for Ida Copeland's 1931 political campaign

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

Behind Samuel Taylor Coleridge 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.

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.