How the Vote was Won
  • Sherwell Centre

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The Representation of the People Act was passed on 6 February 1918 which gave women over the age of 30 and 'of property' the right to vote. 

To commemorate the centenary of this historic event, the Devon History Society in conjunction with the University of Plymouth are delighted to invite you to their joint conference.

Programme

10:00 – 10:30: Registration and coffee. Poster exhibition

10:30 – 10:40: Welcome (Professor Mark Brayshay)

10:40 – 11:15: Franchise reform, 1832-1918 and its effect on Devon (Paul Auchterlonie)

11:15 – 12:05: Re-thinking popular narratives of suffrage: a view from the regions (Professor June Hannam)

12:05 – 13:00: What difference did the war make? (Professor Angela Smith)

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch and viewing of the poster exhibition

14:00 – 15:00: Working to win the vote in Devon (session one)

  • Kathleen Marie du Sautoy Newby and Anne Ball - militant activists in Ilfracombe (Pamela Vass)
  • Frances Latimer and Alison Garland - early activists in Plymouth (Michael Corry) 
  • Jessie Montgomery, Adelaide Baly and Mary Willcocks - learned lady activists in Exeter (Julia Neville)
15:00 – 15:15: Break

15:15 – 16:00: Working to win the vote in Devon (session two)

  • Elsie Howey, WSPU organiser for Torquay and Paignton (Marilyn Smee) 
  • The women of the Frood Family of Topsham (Penny Bayer) 
  • Dr Mabel Ramsay of Plymouth: the doctor’s dilemma (Ann Bond) 
  • Olive Wharry: from Holloway to Holsworthy (Viv Styles)
  • County roll-call of women working to win the vote in Devon
16:00 – 16:30: Questions, reflections and close
16:30: Conference ends

This conference is open to all - please book your ticket by 14 April. Contact the Devon History Society for queries (tel: 01647 433492 / email bookings@devonhistorysociety.org.uk).


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