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The Drama of the Suffrage Movement

The Drama of the Suffrage Movement

Discover the suffrage movement through papers, posters and performance

10 March 2018

10 March 2018, The Drama of the Suffrage Movement @ People’s History Museum. Photo 'Selling and Advertising 'Votes for Women' in Kingsway'

Time 10:00 - 18:00

Duration 8 hours

Cost £10/£5 unwaged (both plus booking fee)

Join renowned suffrage historians, including Elizabeth Crawford and Katharine Cockin as they delve into papers on the movement, explore the museum galleries to find suffrage posters and recordings, and enjoy short performances from suffrage plays and speeches.  Performed by renowned suffrage actor and historian Dr Naomi Paxton and students from the University of Salford.

This event is part of Wonder Women 2018, a special edition of Manchester’s annual radical feminist festival, running throughout March.

Suitable for all ages

  • Treat yourself to 10% off in The Left Bank cafe bar and 10% off in the museum shop when you attend an event at the People’s History Museum

Wonder Women 2018Heritage Lottery Funded




Programme for the day:

  • 10.00am: Registration (Foyer)
  • 10.00am – 10.30am: Suffrage performances by University of Salford students (Processional Way)
  • 10.30am – 11.30am: Dramatising Women’s Suffrage: Edith Craig and the Art of the Theatre, Katharine Cockin, University of Essex (Engine Hall)
  • 11.30am – 12.00pm: Refreshments and suffrage performances (Processional Way)
  • 12.00pm – 1.00pm: The Actresses’ Franchise League (Engine Hall), Naomi Paxton
  • 1.00pm – 1.45pm: Lunch (The Left Bank cafe bar is open, hot lunch served 12.00pm – 2.00pm).  During the lunch break, short films about the suffrage movement and women in politics will be shown (Processional Way) and there will be guided tours of suffrage material (Main Gallery One)

During the afternoon there will be a choice of sessions.  Guided tours will also be running in Main Gallery One.

  •  1.45pm – 3.00pm: Evelyn Sharp (Engine Hall)
    - Representations of the Suffragette in Punch magazine, Katy Birch, University of Aberystwyth
    - What the Suffragette Did Next: Dramatising Evelyn Sharp, Julie Wilkinson, Manchester Metropolitan University. Includes a performance from Julie’s play about this famous suffragette figure
  • 1.45pm – 3.00pm: Creative workshop (Coal Store), Create your own narrative of the suffrage movement by responding to images and photographs of suffragists and suffragettes.  Run by creative writing experts from Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 3.00pm – 3.45pm: Women in Public (Coal Store)
    - Suffragettes and the Media, Clare Neylon, University of Salford
    - Elizabeth Robins and Suffrage Drama, Emma Liggins, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 3.00pm – 3.45pm: Ada Nield Chew: Performance and Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration (Engine Hall), Kirsty Bunting and Orlagh McCabe, Manchester Metropolitan University and Shelley Piasecka, University of Chester
  • 3.45pm – 4.15pm: Refreshments available (Processional Way)
  • 4.15pm – 5.15pm: The procession was like a medieval festival, vivid with simple grandeur: banners of the women’s suffrage movement (Engine Hall), Elizabeth Crawford, Royal Holloway
  • 5.15pm – 6.00pm: Wine reception accompanied by singing of suffrage songs (Processional Way)

Booking Requirements:

  • For further information please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or email events@phm.org.uk