April – Suffragette militancy and local activism
Dr June Hannam is a retired professor of Modern British History. She has written three books with a focus on socialism and feminism in Britain 1880 – 1920. She is co-chair and treasurer of the west of England and South Wales Women’s History Network and helps to organise the Larkhall History Society.
Before we all march to the polling stations in May, hear about the development of suffragette militancy before the First World War. Why were women attracted to the Women’s Social and Political Movement and what did militancy mean to them? After a discussion of the national campaign the talk will focus on suffragettes in Bath and Batheaston. What can a local study tell us about the movement as a whole and the meaning of suffrage politics for those who took part?
If you can, please wear the suffragette colours of purple, green and white. There is a story that these are an acronym for Give Women Votes – green, white, violet. However the colours signify dignity (purple), purity (white) and hope (green).
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday – doors open at Bathwick St Mary’s at 7.30 for an 8.00 start.