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 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 conversation projected onto the wall in a salon-setting we have put together in the gallery, and enjoy the surrounding exhibition Women’s Suffrage 100: Freedom and Fight in Bath.