Triumphant Women at Smallhythe Place
Smallhythe Place celebrates the centenary of the Representation of the People's Act with our new exhibition and displays, part of the National Trust's Women and Power programme. 'Triumphant Women' opens on 5 April 2018 and explores the lives and works of the powerful women of Smallhythe, Edy Craig and Ellen Terry.
Our House Steward, Susannah Mayor, reveals the importance of our 2018 'Triumphant Women' exhibition.
Ellen Terry (1847 - 1928) was a strong, accomplished, hard working and opinionated woman. Her career as an actress gave her the tools to survive independently.
The original lectures of Ellen Terry explore Shakespeare's powerful female protagonists.
Smallhythe Place explores Edy's involvement in the suffrage movement, and the idea behind 'Pageant of Great Women'.
On Saturday 9 June 2018, Dr Naomi Paxton will be giving a talk in the Barn Theatre exploring the work and legacy of the suffragist performers in the Actresses’ Franchise League.
On Sunday 10 June, we commemorate suffragette Emily Davison with a celebratory performance by Clair/Obscur Theatre company.
A witty drama with song, is inspired by the reality of the Suffragettes struggle and commemorates the centenary of women finally achieving the vote in 1918.