We want our rights

Study Day on Bridport Women's Activism, 1910-20. (Bridport Museum)

Sunday 18th November 2018
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Description

‘We Want Our Rights’ asserted the banner of the young women who went on strike in Bridport in 1912.

This study day , organised by South Wales and West of England Women's History Network (SWWEWHN),  provides the opportunity to explore how Bridport women of different social classes and ages demanded their rights in the period before, during and immediately after the Great War. Hosted by Bridport Museum which is currently showing an exhibition on women during WW1 called “Home Front Home”. 

The study day will develop some of the stories told in the exhibition, and ask how does the experience of Bridport women fit into a wider picture, and how did the war affect their activism?

Cost: £10 (including coffee and cake, bring your own lunch)

Programme:
9.45: Registration, visit exhibition
10.10: Welcome (from Bridport Museum and WESWWHN)

10.15: Session 1: Working-class women’s activism (Chair: June Hannam)
10.15 – 10.45: On the Trail of the Bridport Wildcats: Lucy Goodison and Carlos Guarita
10.45– 11.15: Mary Macarthur and the National Federation of Women Workers,1906-21: Cathy Hunt
11.15– 11.30: Conversation between speakers on how does the experience of Bridport women fit into a wider picture and how did the war affect their activism?

11.30 – 11.45: Audience Q&A /discussion

11.45- 12.00 Coffee

12.00 – 1.00: Session 2: The Making of ‘Home Front, Home’ (Chair: Cathy Hunt) Panel: Emily Hicks (Museum Director); Nicola Kelly (volunteer researcher); Crystal Johnson (curator): Spike Golding (designer).

1.00 – 2.00: Lunch (bring own or explore Bridport’s delights)

2.00 – 3.30: Session 3: Middle-class women’s activism (Chair: Kath Holden)
2 -2.30: The Learned and Literary Ladies of Devon Suffrage: Julia Neville
2.30-3.00: Rediscovering Bridport Suffragists: West Dorset Women’ Suffrage Society, 1910-20: Karen Hunt
3.00– 3.15: Conversation between speakers on how does the experience
of Bridport women fit into a wider picture and how did the war affect their activism?
3.15-3.30 Audience Q&A /discussion

3.30-3.45: Tea

3.45 -4.00: The future of women’s history in Bridport

For more information or to book a place please contact us for a booking form.