30 June 2018

Votes for Women 100

Celebrate the centenary of votes for women with a day of film screenings, performances, talks, walks, children’s craft activities and opportunities to meet local women’s history experts.

We will be screening the film Make More Noise: Suffragettes in Silent Film and there will be a performance of the one-act comedy How the Vote was Won, written by Cicely Hamilton and Christopher St John in 1909 to support the women’s suffrage campaign.

There will also be a contemporary panel discussion on what the vote has done for women and opportunities to find out about doing your own suffrage research. A ‘Voting Booth’ by Dreadnought Southwest will tell stories about local pioneering women.

The Voting Booth installation will be in place at M Shed for a week before it continues on tour.

BSL interpretation will be available throughout the day for the talks and panel discussion.

This is a partnership event between Bristol Central Library, M Shed, University of Bristol, UWE Bristol, The West of England & South Wales Women’s History Network and the Diversity Trust.

With thanks to event supporter: UWE Bristol Regional History Centre. The event has been made possible by the generous support of the Barry Amiel and and Norman Melburn Trust, and Government Equalities Office funding secured in a bid led by Bristol Women’s Voice.


10am – 10.55am
– Screening of film Make More Noise: Suffragettes in Silent Film (Studio)

11am – 11.25am
– Welcome and introduction to the day by Lucienne Boyce and Prof June Hannam (Studio)

11.30am – 11.55am
– Discussion at the Suffrage display led by Prof June Hannam (People Gallery)
– Talk: Dr Sumita Mukherjee (University of Bristol) – Indian ‘Suffragettes’: the Indian women involved in the British suffrage movement campaign 

12pm – 12.25pm
– Talk: How to Organise a Revolution – Annie Kenney and the Bristol Suffragettes by Lyndsey Jenkins, University of Oxford

12pm – 12.45pm
– Women’s suffrage walk led by Lucienne Boyce, author of ‘The Bristol Suffragettes’ (M Shed to city centre and back)

12.30pm – 12.55pm
– Talk: Democracy and Suffrage – the Forgotten Campaign for Adult Suffrage by Prof Karen Hunt, University of Keele

1pm – 1.30pm Lunch
– Screening of film Make More Noise: Suffragettes in Silent Film (Studio)

2pm – 2.45pm
– Performance of How the Vote was Won (Studio)

2.50pm – 3.10pm
– Discussion at the Suffrage display led by Rebecca Furness (People Gallery)

3.15pm – 4.30pm
– Panel discussion: What has the vote done for women? (Studio)
Chair: Laura Rawlings, BBC Radio Bristol
Cllr Asher Craig (deputy mayor of Bristol)
Thangam Debbonaire MP
Cheryl Morgan, co-chair Diversity Trust
Ellie Vowles, Bristol Women’s Voice

4.30pm – Event finishes

Activities in the Foyer

  • Votes for Women 100 Exhibition – WESWHN and Bristol Libraries
  • Women’s Suffrage and Drama Exhibition – by Rebecca D’Monte
  • The Dreadnought South West Voting Booth
  • Children’s Scrapstore craft activities