Nancy Astor is a renowned figure in Plymouth’s history, as the first female MP to take her seat in 1919. Born in Virginia, USA, Nancy had a key role in shaping Plymouth and it, too, shaped her.
But how did Nancy’s life, and her time in Parliament, relate to the women and children of Plymouth?
The Institute of Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER)’s research initiative, #CHITCHAT?, delved into the stories of Nancy Astor and other key women in the city’s legal and political history, to produce a documentary film illuminating aspects of the last century that have otherwise not been showcased.
For close to 100 years, Plymouth had a female MP in at least one constituency at all times, a proud legacy of Nancy’s time in Parliament but also a bank of women with stories to share.
This event draws upon key research by our academics and partners across the city to present the documentary. You will also have your chance to share your stories of Plymouth and help uncover the past, through initiatives such as The Hoe Neighbourhood Forum-led Heritage Lottery funded project '100 Years of Plymouth Powerful Women', working to evolve a digital heritage trail across the city celebrating those Powerful Women.
18:00 | Poster exhibition
18:10 | Talk: 100 Years of Plymouth Powerful Women - including an announcement of the longlist of Powerful 1919-2019 on which a top 30 will be chosen to create a contemporary heritage trail, to be launched in September 2020
18:30 | Film: A Returned Pilgrim
Who is this event for?
This event will be of most interest to those who work in community and heritage groups; who share an interest in the history of Plymouth, its place in the UK and the history of its women; educators in local schools and colleges, and students of history or heritage.