Join us on June 10th for the first event of our Swindon Suffragette Festival.
The Women’s Art and Craft Sale will be held in the Community Centre at Christ Church in Old Town, starting at 1.30pm, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the Old Town Festival Parade before. The event is free to attend, open to all and fully accessible – there is limited parking next to the Church but there is ample parking elsewhere in Old Town just a short walk away.
The Sale event is inspired by the Women’s Exhibition held at Princes Skating Rink, Knightsbridge in May 1909. More than 50 stalls, decorated to include the Women’s Social and Political Union colours of purple, green and white, sold goods to raise funds for the WSPU and awareness of the campaign of Votes for Women. Men and women attended to find out more and to support the cause. If you would like to read more about this event we recommend this article. In 1909 Edith New was actively campaigning up and down the country, in July she was based in Newcastle but by September she was once again arrested and imprisoned, this time in Dundee, Scotland.
Our event celebrates the work of local women and includes sellers raising funds for charity and awareness of women’s issues. We will also have an information display about Edith New, Swindon’s very own suffragette.
During the afternoon there is also an opportunity to join local historian Frances Bevan on a guided walk around the churchyard at Christ Church. As well as visiting some of Edith’s family’s graves you can find out about other fascinating women who lived in Swindon and are buried there. The walk is free to join and there is no need to book in advance, it will last for approximately one hour. Meet in the Community Centre for 2pm and Frances will set off from there. Please note that the walk will cover some uneven ground but will be a very gentle pace, refreshments will be available in the Community Centre afterwards.
We hope you will be able to join us on the 10th to celebrate the work and achievements of Swindon Suffragette Edith New while also supporting local artists, crafters and businesswomen.