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Commemorating Emily Wilding Davison

Commemorating Emily Wilding Davison

3 June 2013

Emily Wilding Davison

On 4 June 1913, Emily Wilding Davison stepped in front of the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby, whilst promoting women’s right to vote.  The People’s History Museum is hosting several events to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Emily’s death; come along and find out more about the work that Emily did for the suffragette movement in the years before her fatal protest.

Tues 4 – Fri 14 June
100 Deeds
On the 100 year anniversary of Emily’s deed at Epsom, we are interested in what gender equality means now.  In response to the Women’s Social Political Union slogan ‘Deeds Not Words’, we are inviting 100 members of the public to do and share a deed.  Come see these deeds on display in the museum foyer.  Get involved by visiting 100deeds.co.uk or use the hashtag #100Deeds.
A project by Sarah Evans and Jenny Gaskell. Funded by Equity Foundation, with thanks People’s History Museum, Wonder Women: Radical Manchester and The Future.

Fri 7 June
From Mary Wollstonecraft to Margaret Thatcher – Women’s History tour
Come along for a guided tour of the museum’s main galleries and discover how women shaped our history.  Including the ‘first feminist’ Mary Wollstonecraft, the suffragettes, the peace campaigners at Greenham Common and, love her or hate her, Britain’s first female Prime Minister.  Why not stick around for our Emily Wilding Davison and Provincial Militant Protest talk afterwards.
Suitable for adults
Booking advised
Free. Donations to the museum gratefully received
1.15pm – 2.00pm

Fri 7 June
Emily Wilding Davison and Provincial Militant Protest
Most people are familiar with the story of the end of Emily Wilding Davison’s life.  Her tragic death under the hooves of the King’s horse at the Derby a century ago and her impressive funeral procession have become some of the most iconic images of the suffragette campaign.  What is less well known, perhaps, is the work that Emily did for the suffragette movement in the years before her death.  This talk looks at Emily Wilding Davison’s part in these provincial protests, including her work in Manchester, and outlines their value to the wider suffrage campaign.
Suitable for adults
Booking required
Free. Donations to the museum gratefully received
2.00pm – 3.00pm

Sat 8 June
100Deeds – Meet the Artists
100 Deeds is a project which encourages members of the public to do an action which represents or promotes gender equality in the modern day, then promotes the people’s action.  It is a direct response to the 100 year anniversary of Emily Wilding Davison’s fatal protest and is an opportunity for everyday people to recognise themselves as the makers of modern history.  Come along and meet the artists to find out more about the project and to view all the deeds collected to date.  Get involved by visiting 100deeds.co.uk or use the hashtag #100Deeds.
Suitable for all ages
No booking required
Free. Donations to the museum gratefully received
2.00pm – 3.00pm

Wed 12 June
Emily Wilding Davison: the one who threw herself under the horse
A new play from Cambridge Devised Theatre about the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, which has been specially devised and written to coincide with the centenary commemorations of her death at the Derby in June 1913.  The play is set in the context of the struggle for women to have the vote in the first quarter of the 20th century.  The play will also address questions relevant to our own time about the nature of protest, risk, personal sacrifice, women’s education, fanaticism, torture and the role of the state.
Suitable for over 14s to adults
Booking required
£7 / £5 concessions
3.00pm – 4.30pm