Women and Power in the Midlands

Part of Haunted Wood painting by Lizzie Siddal

The Midlands has always been home to a wealth of inspiring characters and activity that have contributed to the progression of women’s rights. This year we'll be exploring some of the stories behind this struggle at the places we care for in the Midlands.

The Midlands has cultivated women who have suffered for their beliefs, defied gender stereotypes, spoken out against inequality, risked their reputations, and used whatever power and creativity they had at their disposal in the name of progress – some on a national stage, some in more humble positions .

As the year progresses, you’ll be able to find out about women whose lives and achievements have been marginalised in the writing of history.

Emily Massingberd

Women and suffrage 

The struggle for equal voting rights in Britain took decades, each generation inching closer to the ballot box. Women (and some men) across the Midlands were at the forefront of this battle.

Self portrait by Rebecca Ferrers

Women's place in history 

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.