Our programme marks the centenary of women’s suffrage. We focus on the significance of the suffragette movement and effect of the First World War in enabling women to gain political freedom over time. We explore how suffragettes impacted the City of Bath, revealing through architecture and stories the roles played by local women driving the campaign. Themes include the architectural language of death and memory, those who fought and campaigned for women’s rights, and other issues relevant to Bath. Looking at historical figures reveals the first women to fight for political equality, potentially inspiring future generations such as suffragettes. We shine a spotlight on those women instrumental in the fight to save and protect Bath’s historic building throughout the 20th century, inspiring those now working within Bath Preservation Trust to safeguard and protect the City of Bath’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In more detail
There are many landmarks across the city which reveal the impact of the First World War and suffragette movement, providing spaces for commemoration, reflection and empowerment. In 2018 through exhibitions, performance, lectures, events and music, we will explore the enduring fight of women to gain equality alongside the power and impact of war, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
The exhibitions at No. 1 Royal Crescent and the Museum of Bath Architecture will highlight the fight for women’s suffrage, the journey taken to achieve it and aspects of how the fight continues today. The influence of Bath as a centre for campaigning during the First World War will be better explained and the influence that such activism continues to have today and could have in the future, will also be better explored.
In addition we will be hosting an exhibition at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy that explores the role of women in science, as well as an exhibition at Beckford’s Tower that explores the influence that the women in William Beckford’s family had upon his life and work. These will form part of our wider programming on the theme of women’s equality.
Expect over 40 events including performances, lectures, workshops, music and activities.