On this day 140 years ago…

Edith New was born – Happy Birthday Edith!

We are very fortunate to be able to share some family photos of Edith, before and after her career as a suffragette, these are owned by her great-niece and held in a private collection (copyright applies).

Edith (left), brother Frederick, mother Isabella (centre), sister Ellen (standing), as yet unidentified young man
Another family photo, Edith is at the front, now wearing her hair up
Edith was a teacher, here she is with her class at St Mary’s School in Lewisham
74 Edith and Nea
Edith and her companion Nea, who she was still living with at her death in 1951
Edith in Cornwall, she is buried in Polperro where she lived after retiring
Edith (without hat) and friend
Edith (with hat) and friends
Edith (back row)
75 Edith and Nea
Edith (without hat) and Nea
Edith with her sister Ellen and great-niece Mary

Welcome to our new blog

The small but perfectly formed ‘Swindon Suffragette’ team of local historian Frances Bevan and event organiser Leah Bevan-Haines began holding events in October 2015, often in partnership with Swindon Heritage.

This blog will keep you up to date with events planned to take place in 2018 to celebrate the achievements of the suffrage movement and in particular Edith New, Swindon Suffragette.


Swindon Suffragette Women’s Art and Craft Sale and Exhibition

In November 2016 we held a Women’s Sale and Exhibition inspired by the WSPU Women’s Sale held in London in 1909.

We celebrated the best of local women’s art and crafts from independent traders and small business.  Here is a small selection of photographs from the day.

Blue plaque

On 19th March 2016 the first Swindon Heritage blue plaque was installed on 24 North Street, the home and birth place of Edith New.

Edith’s great-niece helped with the unveiling and we held a celebration tea party at St Saviours Church where Frances Bevan and Tamara Dugdale talked about Edith’s life and work to a crowd, many of whom were wearing suffragette costume and proudly made a pilgrimage to her plaque.