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 more about the roles and opportunities the Shropshire Adult Education College afforded women based at Attingham between 1948 and 1976.

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


The women of Baddesley Clinton 

Our women and power displays are in their last few weeks. Come along and find out about four great women of Baddesley Cinton.

Mrs Kate Mason

Explore Four Women in One War at Coughton Court 

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 

Discover the intriguing stories behind five powerful women, drawn together across time by a link to Croft's history.

Three people in turn of the 19th-20th century dress, posing for a photo on a bench in the garden

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.

Conservator working on both the dresses bodice

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 

In 2018 we shared the stories of four women whose creative legacies live on in the spirit of Belton. Explore the lives of Sophia, Marian, Florence and Nina 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