100 YEARS+ OF THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT IN KENT, SUSSEX AND SURREY

A COMMUNITY RESEARCH WORKSHOP

SATURDAY 8TH DECEMBER 2018

UNIVERSITY OF KENT, TONBRIDGE CENTRE, AVEBURY AVENUE, TONBRIDGE, TN9 1TG

Provisional Programme

09.30-10.00 Registration and Welcome from Anne Logan

10.00-11.15 Panel 1:The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge   (Chair, Catherine Lee)

  • Anne Carwardine, ‘Researching the “Disgusted Ladies” of Tunbridge Wells’
  • Pam Mills, ‘The Suffrage Movement in Tonbridge’
  • Fiona Spencer, ‘Jessie Taylor: Suffragist, Headmistress, Missionary’

11.15-11.30 Tea/Coffee

11.30-12.45 Panel 2: Celebrating Women’s Suffrage in Kent, Sussex and Surrey   (Chair, Anne Logan)

  • Holly Parsons & Rosemary Everitt, ‘The March of the Women: Surrey’s Road to the Vote’
  • Catherine Lee, ‘”A great and solemn trust”: Women, the vote and citizenship in inter-war Kent, Sussex and Surrey’

12.45-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.30 Plenary speech and questions: Dr Caitriona Beaumont   (Chair, Anne Logan)

  • ‘Housewives’ associations and the concept of democratic citizenship in campaigns for women’s rights’

14.30-14.45 Tea/Coffee

14.45-16.00 Panel 3: Artistic and Literary Aspects of the Women’s Suffrage Movement   (Chair, Alison MacKenzie)

  • Christopher Wiley, ‘Ethel Smyth, Music, and the Suffragette movement: reconsidering The Boatswain’s Mate as feminist opera’.
  • Caroline Auckland, ‘Sarah Grand’s The Heavenly Twins and the concept of the “New Woman”’

16.00-16.20 Closing remarks and discussion (There will also be opportunities for questions and discussion at the end of each panel session)

(To be followed by celebratory drinks marking 100 years since the first women voted in a UK General Election)