Swindon Suffragette Festival

We are pleased to announce that in June 2018 we will be holding a series of events to celebrate and commemorate the contribution of Swindon Suffragette Edith New, to the campaign for Votes for Women.

Our first confirmed event will be our Women’s Art and Craft Sale on 10th June at Christ Church Community Centre, Swindon.  We first held this event in 2016 and had almost 20 talented women from Swindon selling art, cards, jewellery, upcycled furniture, knitted and crocheted goods, cupcakes, books and more.  We are now taking bookings for tables so if you would like any more information please email us.  Doors open 1.30pm and close at 4.30pm.

At 2pm on the same day you can join local historian Frances Bevan on a guided walk around the graveyard at Christ Church.  As well as visiting the graves of Edith New’s family Frances will share the stories of other fascinating Swindon women buried here.

Our second confirmed event will be a Guided Walk around Old Town on 12th June, starting outside Swindon Museum and Art Gallery at 7.30pm.  Join local historian Frances Bevan for a short guided walk following in the footsteps of Edith New.  See the house she was born in and site of a Swindon Heritage blue plaque; the school she attended; and where she came to recuperate on her release from Holloway.  Learn about how different her life in London was and get a flavour of her experiences as a suffragette.  Route: starts outside the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery; along Victoria Road to the corner of Union Row; along Prospect Place to North Street; up Eastcott Road and along to King William Street School; across Bath Road and along Avenue Road to finish on Lethbridge Road.  Total walking time approximately 20 minutes – please note that the Eastcott Road section is uphill and there are uneven surfaces on the route.

Hold the 24th June for more information about our EqualiTeas event with Eastcott Community Organisation at Savernake Street Social Hall.  We are planning a family friendly day of theatre, art and craft activities to celebrate Edith New’s contribution to the campaign for Votes for Women and to inspire you to take your own action on equality issues close to your heart.  This event is dependent on a pending external grant application.

Our final confirmed event is an illustrated talk ‘Worth the Whipping’ on 29th June at Savernake Street Social Hall at 7.30pm.  Join local historian Frances Bevan and Swindon Suffragette event organiser Leah Bevan-Haines for a talk about Edith New and her contribution to the campaign for Votes for Women.  Sharing photographs and newspaper articles they will give an overview of the suffrage campaign starting with the suffragists in the 1860s; through to the actions of the militant suffragettes which included Edith New, and beyond to the Equal Franchise Act in 1928.  This talk is suitable for secondary school age children at their responsible adult’s discretion.


Suffragette Diary from Clavis and Claustra: http://www.clavisandclaustra.co.uk/suffragette




Author: Leah

Unapologetic feminist, wannabe time traveller, sometime suffragette, bookworm, mother, aspiring writer, proficient procrastinator - I wish I still had pink hair. https://www.ko-fi.com/leahbh

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