Women and Power: Redressing the balance in the Midlands

The role of women and their relationship with power is not only the story of suffrage. Throughout 2018 we'll also be giving voice to the women of both grand and humble backgrounds who have inhabited the places we look after.

College tutors in front of the Mansion at Attingham c.1950

Attingham Park: Women of the College 

Discover the roles and opportunities the Shropshire Adult Education College afforded women between 1948 and 1976, in the Mansion at Attingham this year.

Visitors walking to the house at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

Women of Calke Abbey  

Ever wondered what it was like to work below stairs at Calke Abbey? Or what life was like for a lady of the estate? Find out when you visit the house this year.

Servants from Hardwick Hall sit out the front

Power for the women of Hardwick? 

Discover what impact did the suffrage movement have on Hardwick

Voice.Activism.Faith

The women of Baddesley Clinton 

Discover the stories of four of the women who lived at Baddesley.

Mrs Kate Mason

Four Women. One War 

The First World War bought many changes to the lives of women and this year at Coughton we'll be sharing some of their stories.

Upton's women - Kitty Lloyd Jones, Lady Bearsted and Nellie Ionides

Uncovering Women’s Stories at Upton House 

The histories of Upton’s women testify to the new social and cultural opportunities opening up after 1918 – interior decoration, fashion, gardening, sport, art and society entertaining – that offered women new creative ways of expressing themselves in the modern world.

Portrait of The Hon. Nancy Beatrice Borwick, Lady Croft (1884-1949) by Philip Alexius de László de Lombos

Women of Croft Castle: Fashion, power and status 

As we celebrate 100 years since the Representation of the People Act, discover the intriguing stories behind five powerful women, drawn together across time by a link to Croft's history.

Alice Dryden and her parents under the cedar tree

Women who shaped Canons Ashby 

Find out more about the incredible women who helped to shape Canons Ashby as you see it today.

Women of Sudbury, interpreted by Derby College students

Explore the untold stories of Sudbury's women 

An American heiress, a lonely queen and life as a 1940s scullery maid, each play a unique part in Sudbury’s history. The students of Derby College have helped us to interpret our stories and bring their stories to life through art and alternative media.

Lady Georgina Vernon of Hanbury Hall

Hanbury Hall: A Woman's Place? 

In 2018, to commemorate 100 years since the Representation of the People Act, we’re redressing the balance and bringing to light 300 years of untold stories.

A picture of the installation as you walk in. The bed has a mass of flowers in the centre and there are Georgian Eye Miniatures hanging down from the ceiling

Women and Power at Berrington 

Explore 'A Dress Fit For a King' and 'Eye am She' by artist Lorna J Brown to celebrate and commemorate the life of eighteenth century women in celebration of Women and Power

Elsie Moore

Greyfriars': A woman's vision 

Explore the story of Elsie Moore, a woman with a vision to preserve and share Worcestershire's rich history.

Florence - Women and Power

Florence: Women and a changing society at Mr Straw's House 

Over the years the role women played in society has changed, and one woman saw many of these changes herself.

Belton House shawl garden watercolour by Sophia Cust, Lady Tower

Creative Women 

This year we’re telling the stories of four women whose creative legacies live on in the spirit of Belton. Explore the lives of Sophia, Marian, Florence and Nina on self-led trails and see their work presented throughout the house and gardens.

Maria Gunning

Women and Power at Croome

Women and Power: National Trust shines a light on women’s histories to celebrate the anniversary of female suffrage in 2018