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The March of the Women: Surrey's Road to the Vote Display

Free display from Tuesday 6 November - Saturday 1 December during normal opening hours

  • 2018 marks the centenary of the first women being granted the right to vote in national elections. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Surrey Heritage has been discovering and sharing the county's role in the long suffrage campaign through its project 'The March of the Women: Surrey's Road to the Vote'.
  • This project display reveals key moments in Surrey's journey, from Emily Wilding Davison's actions at the 1913 Epsom Derby, and the bombing of David Lloyd George's house in Walton-on-the-Hill to the Great Pilgrimage passing through the county. Discover more about some of the leading figures on both sides of the fierce debate, including the Pethick Lawrences, the Farrers, Dorothy Hunter, Dame Ethel Smyth, Bertha Broadwood and Margaretta Lemon.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND. Please see our normal opening hours.

The March of the Women Community Day

Saturday 24 November, 10am - 4pm

  • Join us for an exciting day celebrating Surrey's suffrage connections, including:
  • Programme
    • 10.00am Introduction and welcome
    • 10.05am Rosie Everritt, Project Archivist & Holly Parsons, Project Officer
    • The March of the Women: Discovering Surrey's Road to the Vote
    • 10.45am Kathy Atherton
    • The Money behind the Militant Movement: Emmeline and Fred Pethick-Lawrence
    • 11.15am Coffee break
    • 11.45pm The March of the Women schools radio play extract
    • 12.00pm Tessa Boase
    • Mrs Lemon, the 'Dragon' of Redhill: saviour of the birds & anti-suffrage champion
    • 12.30pm Carol Brown
    • Guildford suffrage
    • 1.00pm Lunch break
      A chance to buy authors' books & see displays; lunch is not provided
    • 1.50pm LynchPin Theatre group
      Presents the inspiration for their witty new local suffrage play When The Cat's Away (written and directed by Claire Parker)
    • 2.20pm Comfort break
    • 2.30pm Dr Elizabeth Crawford
    • Suffrage Art and Artists - how artists helped promote the women's suffrage campaign, in particular those with Surrey associations
    • 3.30pm Round-up and close
  • Plus Suffrage selfies, displays and author book sales (cash and cheques only please, no card payments).
  • Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day but please make your own lunch arrangements.
  • Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place for the day online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
  • Speaker biographies:
    • Kathy Atherton - The Money behind the Militant Movement: Emmeline and Fred Pethick-Lawrence. After an MPhil in 17th Century Studies, Kathy wrote much of 'H' as an editor at the Oxford English Dictionary. She then spent 10 years as a city lawyer during which time she came across the plaque marking the site of Fred and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrences' London home, once the headquarters of Mrs Pankhurst's Women's Social and Political Union. She has been researching the lives of Fred and Emmeline ever since, and the fight for the vote in the Surrey Hills area for more than ten years. Suffragettes, Suffragists and Antis - the fight for the vote in the Surrey Hills was published in 2017 by Dorking Museum's Cockerel Press and her book on the relationship between the Pethick-Lawrences and the Pankhursts will be published by Pen & Sword in early 2019.
    • Elizabeth Crawford - Suffrage Art and Artists. An illustrated talk describing how artists helped promote the women's suffrage campaign, in particular those with Surrey associations. Suffrage expert Elizabeth Crawford's latest book is Art and Suffrage: a biographical dictionary of suffrage artists (Francis Boutle, 2018). Among her other books are: The Women's Suffrage Movement: a reference guide 1866-1928 (Routledge), The Women's Suffrage Movement: a regional survey (Routledge), and Campaigning for the Vote: Kate Parry Frye's suffrage diary (Francis Boutle). She is the owner of Women and Her Sphere, a business in selling antiquarian books, postcards, pamphlets and ephemera by and about women.
    • Tessa Boase - Mrs Lemon, the 'Dragon' of Redhill: saviour of the birds & anti-suffrage champion. Author Tessa Boase reveals the links between two fascinating, untold stories: the birth of the RSPB, and the Women's National Anti-Suffrage League. For half a century, from 1889-1939, Etta Lemon was the invisible dynamo behind the RSPB. Her aim was simple: to stamp out the cruel fashion for feathers in hats. From the first, polite Victorian tea party, to an angry brick through a Home Office window, Etta's movement pre-dated then shadowed the suffrage campaign. But she did not see eye-to-eye with the politics of Emmeline Pankhurst. Journalist and social historian Tessa Boase is author of The Housekeeper's Tale and Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather. Born in East Sussex, she now lives in Hastings with her family.
    • Carol Brown – Noeline Baker and the suffrage movement around Guildford. 1910 was an important year for Noeline Baker and the fight for Women's Suffrage. The local Suffrage Society was formed with her as its first honourable Secretary and other women of note were involved, including Gertrude Jekyll. As members of the Surrey Hampshire and Sussex Federation of the NUWSS (National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies) their work extended beyond Guildford into Surrey. Men too played and important role. This illustrated talk will look at those important years and also touch on how they carried on the fight through the war. Carol is a local historian with a special interest in Women's History. Now retired, Carol worked at Guildford Museum for 30 years and, while there, was involved with publishing a book on the history of Bellfields and its social housing. She has also specialised in Women and The Special Operations Executive (SOE). Carol now spends her time researching, volunteering, church life, and spending time with her two grandchildren.
    • LynchPin Theatre – presents the inspiration for their witty new suffrage play When the Cat's Away. "That Ragtime Suffragette, Oh she's no household pet!". 1914. Windows smashed. Women on the run. The militant campaign for the Vote is at its peak. This beguiling comedy drama is inspired by the real-life stories, the songs and the spirit of the women who won the right to vote a century ago. Written and directed by Claire Parker to celebrate the spirit of the women who won the right to vote in 1918. Claire is also the author of Rotten Perfect, her play produced at the Watts Gallery in 2017-2018. Find out more about LynchPin.

Six Week Family History Course

Fridays (10am - 1pm): 22 March, 29 March, 5 April, 12 April, 26 April, 3 May

  • Run by professional genealogists and archivists this 6 week course will cover all you need to know to enhance your research as well as providing many tips of the trade.
  • £80 – booked as a complete 6 week course.
  • Full course structure (PDF).
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place on the course online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

Keeping it in the Family: a Four Week Course Reading and Interpreting Legal Records of Inheritance for Genealogy

Thursdays (10am - 12.30pm): 21 March, 28 March, 4 April, 11 April

  • With special reference to the handwriting of examples from before 1800, this course introduces the use of title deeds, wills and manorial records for family history.
  • Week 1 - 21 March
    Discusses marriage settlements, deeds of arrangement between families to provide for the couple during their lives and for the inheritance of their heirs. We look at a deed and introduce some techniques of palaeography.
  • Week 2 - 28 March
    Discusses wills and where to find them, with a detailed look at reading one in 16th century Secretary Hand.
  • Weeks 3 and 4 - 4 and 11 April
    Discuss manorial records, which document inheritance by tenants even where they may have been too poor to make a will. We look at some 18th century examples and introduce how to extract and interpret information from court rolls.
  • £60 - booked as a complete 4 week course.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place on the course online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

Family History Workshops

Family History Online

  • Two courses dates: Saturday 2 February and Saturday 27 April, 10am - 12.30pm.
  • A workshop devoted to tips and techniques for exploring your family history using the many and varied sources available online. In addition to learning more about the large commercial websites such as Ancestry.com and Find My Past, we will also include information on using the Family Search website and hopefully introduce you to many wonderful free websites. We will also touch on how to share your information online and keep it secure.
  • £15, includes refreshments.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place on the course online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

Researching Your Irish Family History

  • Saturday 16 March, 10am - 12.30pm.
  • A talk devoted to exploring sources and resources for Irish family history. During the morning we will cover most aspects of Irish genealogical research, including the recent publication of online Irish records, and there will be a Q&A session along with plenty of opportunities for discussion. There will also be a bibliography and list of useful websites to take away. This is expanded from a talk given at the Celtic Family History day in March 2016.
  • £12.50, includes refreshments.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place on the course online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

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