Votes for Women exhibition opens at North Hertfordshire Museum
A new exhibition that explores the struggle women went through to get the vote, opens at the North Hertfordshire Museum on 13 October.
‘North Herts Undaunted: The Fight for the Vote,’ tells the stories of a number of high profile suffragettes from North Hertfordshire who led the way on the Votes for Women campaign at the turn of the last century.
Suffragette Mrs Elizabeth Impey of Hitchin features prominently in the exhibition. She was arrested for ‘disorderly conduct’ in 1907 for walking three abreast outside Parliament. Letchworth’s Jane Short broke windows of both Baldock and Hitchin Post Offices and was later imprisoned for arson, while Lady Constance Lytton of Knebworth House was force fed so harshly that her health never recovered.
Items on display at the exhibition include Mrs Impey’s ‘Votes for Women’ rosette and scarf, her autograph book signed by famous suffragettes such as Christabel Pankhurst, Annie Kenney and Millicent Fawcett, and her Holloway badge and letters.
The exhibition is part of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) partnership project with Stevenage Museum, the Garden City Collection and Knebworth House, called ‘Stevenage and North Hertfordshire Suffrage Stories: 100 years of votes for women’.
Cllr Tony Hunter, NHDC’s Executive Member for Community Engagement said: "What an honour it is to be able to celebrate the lives of these brave women who fought for what they believed in – women having the right to vote. The suffragette movement is a significant part of our political history and it should never be forgotten. We are extremely grateful to the HLF for their support and we encourage everyone to visit this special exhibition and learn about these heroines from a bygone era."
The exhibition is free to attend and runs from 13 October to 1 December, Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm. Access to the Museum exhibition is via Hitchin Town Hall in Brand Street, Hitchin. Please call 01462 474554 for information on disabled access.
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