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Suffrage Oak, 2015, before storm damage, © Glasgow Women’s Library One hundred years ago today, Louisa Innes Lumsden (1840-1935) proclaimed: ‘the vote was the door to everything and the door was open’.  On 20th April 1918, in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park, Louisa … Continue reading
On Saturday 10th of March as part of Dundee Women’s Festival Women’s History Scotland officially launched it’s new learning resource: THE WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT IN SCOTLAND, 1867-1928: A LEARNING RESOURCE We were fortunate to have such welcoming and supporting hosts … Continue reading
Today the 6th of February marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act of 1918 which resulted in the partial enfranchisement of some women in the UK. Banner from the Gude Cause march commemorating the suffrage procession of 1909 … Continue reading
Aberdeen Women’s Alliance held their third Women’s History Conversation Café on Saturday 3rd March in the Town House restaurant. The topic was the suffragette campaign as described in the Watt archive (the correspondence of suffragette Caroline Phillips).
I was one of the table hosts. There were seven tables, each with a table host and five attendees. Fears that the severe weather might affect attendance proved unfounded.
The session started with a talk by Prof. Sarah Pedersen. Each attendee had been given a copy of her book on Caroline Phillips, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Each table then examined and discussed items from the archive. These had been photocopied and laminated, with discussion topics printed on the back of each item. Everyone was fascinated by the selection of items and an hour just wasn’t long enough to discuss them all. Sarah then concluded the café with a further talk detailing events after Caroline Phillips ceased to be the Honorary Secretary of Aberdeen W.S.P.U.
After the Café, Aberdeen City Council hosted a Civic Reception in the Town and County Hall. As I was driving I stuck to orange juice, but I didn’t stint myself on the canapes! There were speeches by Lord Provost Barney Crockett, and Sarah Pedersen. Best of all were the animated discussions all over the room as people discussed women’s history and politics, with women fired up and enthused by what they had heard and read. The pile of WHS postcards disappeared quickly.
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