Women and Power 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, the women who could vote in 1918 and those who were still excluded. We have a range of activities scheduled to commemorate this time in history.

Embroided text on blue denim from The Workhouse

International Women’s Day

Join us at The Workhouse from Thursday 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 unique textile pieces which express the experiences of being a woman at The Workhouse throughout the period of the Suffragettes 1918 Votes for Women.

Young girl at The Workhouse picking up a doll

Votes for Women children’s trail

There are lots of activities for the whole family to get involved in. Pick up a Voting Pamphlet from the Visitor Reception Building to discover who could vote in 1918. Move through the areas of The Workhouse to discover more about life and society in 1918. Take a closer look at how the girls’ education differed with their male counterparts in The Workhouse regime and dress up as child paupers.