Upcoming lecture for International Women’s Day

The Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art at the House of Commons is hosting a public lecture to mark a newly acquired portrait of Margot Asquith by Philip de Laszlo. The lecture is on ‘Margot Asquith and the role of the political hostess’ by Krista Cowman, Professor of History, University of Lincoln. I’m very … More Upcoming lecture for International Women’s Day

Early 20th century campaigns for women priests

Edit July 2014: great news that the Church of England has finally backed women bishops. Maude Royden would be proud! Below is my blog article on early campaigns for women priests and bishops, originally published in November 2012. Following the decision of the General Synod this week not to allow female bishops in the Church … More Early 20th century campaigns for women priests

UNESCO recognition for women’s suffrage documents

On 23 May 2011, UNESCO announced the inscription of twenty archive documents and collections to its UK Memory of the World Register. I’m delighted to say that this included an inscription for Documentary Heritage of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Britain, a collection of eight items held by The Women’s Library and the Parliamentary Archives. … More UNESCO recognition for women’s suffrage documents

Emily Wilding Davison, Parliament and the 1911 census

2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1911 census, famously boycotted by some suffragettes.  One of the best-known census protests took place in Parliament, when Emily Wilding Davison hid overnight in a cupboard in the crypt chapel in order to give her residence on the form as the Houses of Parliament. I was looking at Votes … More Emily Wilding Davison, Parliament and the 1911 census