Mapping Women’s Suffrage is thrilled to announce that we are taking part in this years ESRC Festival of Social Science, 2020. The Festival is an annual celebration of the social sciences which last year saw over 88,000 attendees across 275 events spread throughout the UK, covering a broad range of topics.

This year ESRC is taking a new approach to the Festival making it a digital-first event, to be held from 7-15 November. Mapping Women’s Suffrage thanks to the University of Warwick’s Prof. Sarah Richardson will be hosting a series of free, exciting live and recorded events during festival week, celebrating women’s suffrage and activism with a variety of wonderful guest speakers.


Confirmed speakers already include Vicky Iglikowski- Broad (Diverse Histories Records Specialist, The National Archives) presenting her favourite suffrage boycott stories from the 1911 census archive; Dr Ben Kyneswood (Coventry University) discussing his work with Mapping Women’s Suffrage creating walks as part of the Coventry Atlas digital mapping project; Hannah Squire (Assistant Curator of Public Programmes, National Trust) discussing the Trust’s work on Women and Power in 2018, and current Trust research; Dr Gillian Murphy (Curator, The Women’s Library, LSE) writing on Sex and Suffrage; Local and family historians Margaret Scott and Clare Wichbold take us on a practical and inspiring journey through useful resources for suffrage research from Northumberland to Herefordshire to Lewisham for our live launch event; and Helen Pankhurst, author, activist, great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement, will be taking your questions on past and current activism in our live wrap-up Suffrage Legacies event alongside other guests. And much more…


The full programme and scheduling for all our events, which run over festival week between the

7th-14th November, will be available here soon.

You can already register for our first live launch event on the 7th of November 2020, and our wrap-up event on the 14th November via the Eventbrite links below


Saturday 7th November 2020 - 19:00 to 20:00 GMT 

Mapping Women’s Suffrage and Me: Researching your Suffrage History

Our first live launch event will bring together local history and family researchers, Clare Wichbold and Margaret Scott who take us on an inspiring journey through useful suffrage resources for local and family research as well as revealing some of their fabulous new suffrage findings. They will be joined by Mapping Women’s Suffrage project co-ordinator and researcher, Tara Morton, and the event will be chaired by expert on women and political culture, Professor Sarah Richardson, University of Warwick.


Saturday 14th November 2020 - 19:00 to 20:00 GMT 

Legacies of the Suffrage Movement 

Our final live event will consider the legacy of the suffrage movement and how it speaks to contemporary events and activism today. What is its resonance for movements such as #MeToo and Black Lives Matter and how might an understanding of a community’s suffrage past lead to re-interpretations of established local and place histories? Our keynote speaker for this event is women’s activist and writer, Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst.

Other speakers include Hannah Squire Assistant Curator of National Public Programmes, National Trust.


Helen Pankhurst CBE

Helen Pankhurst is a women’s rights activist, an international development practitioner working partly in Ethiopia, an author, a Professor at MMU and the Chancellor of the University of Suffolk. She is also the granddaughter of Sylvia, great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement. To reflect on the progress since the struggle for the vote. In 2018, she wrote Deeds Not Words, the Story of Women’s Rights, then and Now. @helenPankhurst

Dr Gillian Murphy (The Women's Library, LSE)

Dr Gillian Murphy is the Curator for Equality, Rights and Citizenship at LSE Library. She moved to LSE with the Women’s Library in 2013, where she had worked as an archivist for many years. Gillian promotes the Women’s Library collection and the Hall-Carpenter Archives through exhibitions, talks, blogs and workshops.

Dr Ben Kyneswood (Coventry University)

Dr Ben Kyneswood is Director of Coventry Digital, the city digital archive. He is a sociologist by training whose work addresses the challenges of social storytelling with communities using photography and how the digital opens new pathways to local narratives that allow the reimagining of the social city. He has also been advising the City of Culture on digital mapping projects as part of the build-up to the year of City of Culture in 2021 on a new project called Coventry Atlas.

Vicky Iglikowski-Broad (The National Archives)

Vicky Iglikowski-Broad, Principal Diverse Histories Records Specialist, The National Archives. Vicky has worked at The National Archives since 2012 and has an MA in women and gender history from Royal Holloway University, where her dissertation focused on the late 19th-century British women’s movement. She specialises in communicating her research through public engagement activities, working with community groups and artistic practitioners to reach wider audiences. Her developing research interests include the history of British society and culture, gender and sexuality, and 20th-century social change and protest.

Clare Wichbold MBE

Clare Wichbold is a professional fundraiser and bid writer who has worked in Herefordshire for over 20 years, at Herefordshire Council, Hereford Cathedral, and now at The Courtyard Centre for the Arts. Formerly an archaeologist, Clare has never lost the thrill for discovery. She became interested in the women’s suffrage campaign as chairman of the Hereford Three Choirs Festival which celebrated the votes for women centenary in 2018 through music, talks and exhibitions. Her involvement in a Heritage Lottery Fund project at the cathedral also revealed several clergymen, and their wives, were part of the suffrage story. Clare is currently compiling a book that reveals Herefordshire as more significant in the struggle for women’s suffrage than previously thought. She is also a community contributor to the Mapping Women’s Suffrage project.

Margaret Scott

Margaret grew up in Lincolnshire, trained as a teacher in Newcastle on Tyne and taught in Lancashire and Northumberland. She has lived in Longhorsley, Northumberland for over 30 years, where Emily Wilding Davison’s mother ran the village shop in the early 1900s. Following a Longhorsley Local History Society exhibition commemorating Emily’s life, Margaret published the book Emily’s Longhorsley, to record her life in Northumberland. Margaret’s interest in genealogy was inspired by her two daughters and husband, Glyn. She has spent many years working through fascinating family stories, lots of old photographs, taking research trips around the country. She recently discovered suffrage workers in her own family – an unexpected and exciting bonus! Margaret is also a community contributor to the Mapping Women’s Suffrage project.

Hannah Squire, Assistant Curator, National Public Programmes, National Trust

Hannah has volunteered and worked for the National Trust for over 10 years and is committed to researching, communicating and championing inclusive histories. Her developing research and interests include the 19th and 20th century British history of the fight for gender and LGBTQ+ equality and representation in art, culture and society. She has an MRes in History of Art from University of Birmingham, where her dissertation focused on 19th century female artists, their activism and engagement in public life. She has curated exhibitions of 19th and 20th century female artists work including, Elizabeth Siddal and Evelyn De Morgan.

Professor Sarah Richardson, University of Warwick

Sarah Richardson is Professor of British History at the University of Warwick. She specialises in the history of politics and gender. Alongside her academic work, Sarah is a popular speaker on radio and television, she has produced podcasts and articles for BBC History Magazine and speaks on women and politics at many community events.

Tara Morton, Project Coordinator, Mapping Women's Suffrage

Tara Morton is creator and Project Coordinator for Mapping Women’s Suffrage. She is passionate about facilitating and promoting access to suffrage lives and materials through online and community engagement. Recent activities include creating an online database and other materials for the Women's Suffrage: History and Citizenship resources for schools project (HM Government & Historical Association) and she has also authored several articles on the women’s suffrage movement - most recently in Suffrage and the Arts: Visual Culture, Politics and Enterprise (Bloomsbury, 2019). Her interests include 19th and 20th century feminism; women and visual culture; spatiality and gender politics. Her doctoral thesis employs multiple concepts of mapping to re-examine suffrage artists diverse interventions in gender power relationships. 

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