100 years of the Representation of People Act – media appearances

100 years ago some women in the UK first got the right to vote. I have been delighted to talk about this subject on a variety of media including BBC East Politics, BBC Radio Suffolk and have three articles appearing across the year in Suffolk Life magazine.  Here I am standing outside Millicent Fawcett’s house in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, very early in the morning!polly @ uplands

Women, Aldeburgh and the Vote – a workshop with the Britten Pears Foundation

What better place to celebrate 100 years since some women first gained the vote than by running a workshop in Aldeburgh, the home of Millicent Fawcett who was instrumental to this hard-won right. Delighted as ever to be running workshops – polly wordcloud women's votesmy favourite kind of work – I teamed up with the Britten Pears Foundation and author and historian Viv Newman to discuss women’s rights past and present.

Viv gave an absolutely fascinating talk about the what the suffragettes and suffragists did in WWI, I was enthralled and immediately preordered her book on the subject.  I then spoke about what has happened to women’s rights since 1918 – lots of good news of course. Things have improved dramatically!  But there is also still some way for us to go before we have true equality. There was a lively discussion afterwards with a focus on what we can do to change the status quo.

Here is a word cloud of phrases that came out during my talk. The largest words are the words mentioned most often.

Celebrating Britain’s first woman doctor – Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

 

ega-with-text-smallerI was delighted to be on the committee for helping to celebrate this remarkable woman. We held a series of events across the year including:

  • ‘The Garrett family on Aldeburgh Council’ by Richard Marson.
  • ‘Shake the Chains’ concert at Snape Maltings
  • ‘Millicent Garrett-Fawcett; the sexual politics of a suffragist’ by Janet Howarth*.
  • Exhibitions at the The Long shop Museum, Leiston, Aldeburgh Moot Hall Museum
  • ‘The Life of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson’ by Diana Quick
  • ‘Make More Noise’ – An 80 minute BFI compilation of silent films about the contemporary portrayal of suffragettes
  • Promenade play: ‘A Woman of Purpose’

To find out more about Elizabeth Garrettand the events we held in 2017 click here.

I was delighted to appear on a BBC Radio Suffolk documentary about it as well for a Look East Politics Programme.