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Votes for Women! Art and the Suffragettes

Votes for Women! Art and the Suffragettes
Lecturer Name:
Caroline Shenton
1st Lecture Time:
2:30 pm
2nd Lecture Time:
8:00 pm
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 all-day
St Peters Hall
High St
Limpsfield, Oxted RH8 0DR

In 2018 it’ll be 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918. To mark the centenary of women first getting the vote after decades of struggle, this NADFAS lecture will explore the story of the suffragettes through portrayals in art and their own artistic productions. It will also look at how contemporary artists choose to depict female politicians, and the controversies surrounding these portraits with regard to power, dress, and gender: all so familiar to the suffragettes.

Caroline Shenton graduated in medieval history at St Andrews University and then completed a doctorate at Oxford’s Worcester College on the court and household of Edward III. Starting as a medieval cataloguer at the National Archives, Caroline was Director of the Parliamentary Archives at Westminster. Her first book, ‘The Day Parliament Burned Down’, won the inaugural Political Book of the Year Award in 2013 and Book of the Year for many media publications.

Postcard – Somehow the Tide Keeps Rising designed by Ernestine Mills to promote the suffragette campaign © The Museum of London