Weekend of free events celebrate suffrage centenary

Issued: Wed, 02 May 2018 16:00:00 BST

TLW suffrage logo design credit: Katrina Falco

The University of Glasgow will be involved in a weekend of craft workshops, talks and readings to celebrate 100 years since some women got the vote in Britain.

In 1918, women older than 30 who owned property in Britain achieved the right to vote. Full women’s suffrage took a further 10 years.

The event called “Women’s Partial Suffrage Centenary” is being held in Glasgow’s People’s Palace on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May, 2018, from 1-4pm.

Children will be able to take part in crafts projects, including making their own badges, which will be run by Laura Clare from Glasgow Life and Katrina Falco, a freelance designer who also created the suffragette logo for the event.

Dr Laura Rattray of the College of Arts' School of Critical Studies and founder of Transatlantic Literary Women, said: “This is a free, family-friendly event, open to all. It’s part of our Transatlantic Literary Women Series started two years ago to celebrate the achievements of women on both sides of the Atlantic.

"We hope people will join us and learn more about some the famous figures of the suffrage movement but also some of the women whose contributions have been overlooked."

‘’We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the People’s Palace for a weekend of suffrage centenary celebrations’’, said Saskia McCracken, PhD student and lead organiser of the event. ‘’We’re sure you’ll enjoy our crafts, collections, talks and maybe even a few suffragette songs - see you there!’’

The main speaker will be suffrage specialist and performer Naomi Paxton who will be talking transatlantic suffrage theatre, with a Scottish twist. Other speakers include Ruth Boreham (Scottish Book Trust) and Catherine Bateson (University of Edinburgh).

Fiona Hayes, the Social History curator for Glasgow Life will give a talk on the People’s Palace suffrage collection while her colleague, Alexandria Hribko, will introduce readings of suffrage letters and telegrams from the museum collection.

The two-day event is being held in collaboration with the People’s Palace Museum, Glasgow, and is being funded by the US Embassy London, the British Association for American Studies, and the University of Glasgow’s College of Arts Collaborative Research Award. 

Full details of all the events can be found on the Transatlantic Literary Women blog or Twitter which are in the find out more section.