We have commissioned a short play featuring an imagined conversation between Bath suffragette Mary Blathwayt (in the early 1900s) and a lady from 150 years earlier who was a famous social reformer and literary critic – Elizabeth Montagu. One of Mrs Montagu’s homes was at No. 16 Royal Crescent and her literary gatherings (‘salons’) led to her co-founding the Blue Stockings Society.
In the 10minute play, these two influential women discuss the politics and protests of their day. Did our Georgian predecessors commence the advancement of feminism and eventual winning of the right to vote, with their advocacy of women’s education and complaints of the status and lifestyle expected of 18th century ladies?
Come and watch the play (either the film or a live performance) and enjoy the linked exhibition Women’s Suffrage 100: Freedom and Fight in Bath.
The first live performances will be held at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm on Saturday February 10th and are included in the entry fee to the Museum.
Each performance will have a Q&A afterwards reflecting upon the discussions in the performance, how far Equality has come in 200 years and how far we still need to go.
Left: Katy Jane
Right: Elizabeth Crarer