Women in Power at The Workhouse

Girl looks through magnifying glass at pest trap

In 2018 the National Trust are celebrating Women and Power to mark 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act. Here at The Workhouse, we’ll be shining a light on local women’s histories connected to The Workhouse; those who were involved in the suffragist movement, on the electoral role in 1918 and those who were excluded. We have a range of activities scheduled to commemorate this time in history, allowing you and your family to engage and gain an insight into life of women at The Workhouse during this era.

International Women’s Day 

Join us at The Workhouse from Thurs 8 March with our launch of Struggle for Suffrage: Workhouse Women and the Vote. The Workhouse volunteers and the community textile group Second Turning have produced a series of sensational textile pieces which express the experiences of being a woman at The Workhouse throughout the period of the Suffragettes 1918 Votes for Women. 


Votes for Women children’s trail

Pick up your Voting Pamphlet with Who Can Vote 1918? from the Visitor Reception Building. Move through the areas of The Workhouse and discover a range of information relating to this time. Investigate the international timeline of which countries lead the way in giving women the vote; compare girls’ education with their male counterparts and dress up in outfits from this time.


Becher Walks

Join the influential Reverend Becher a senior clergy at the Southwell Minster who was involved in the founding of The Workhouse. He will take you back in time with a behind the scenes tour of Southwell town.