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Bexhill to Hastings April 14th

Although Hastings is not one of the Centenary cities it has a wealth of Suffragette history and it's also where I live so I chose here to do my fourth and final walk.

As it was (finally) a lovely day, I started off in Bexhill with a visit to the local history museum. Here I swooned at the fabulous costume selection and the Elva racecar (Bexhill is the home of British Motor Racing). It's also home to Eddie Izzard's family train set.


In the museum I discovered an(other) inspirational woman I had never heard of before - Annie Brassey;  sailor, writer, photographer, collector and adventurer. Annie sailed around the world with her husband and five children in the 1870's. She collected artifacts and photographs from across the globe. One of her collections was given to the Bexhill Museum by her eldest daughter in 1920. The Huntington Library in California houses a vast collection of her photographs (70 volumes). Her account of the circumnavigation in her schooner  'A Voy…
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Bristol - March 24th

I have been to Bristol a few times but do not know it well. I had the wonderful company of my friends Emma and Giselle.

Prior to my visit I was lucky to connect with some of today's inspirational Bristolian women and discover more about the history and the fantastic work that's going on in Bristol today. I spoke to authors Jane Duffus and Lucienne Boyce. Penny Gane, Chair of Bristol Women's Voice and Ellie Vowels, Coordinator - Bristol Women's Voice. Thank you, all of you, for taking the time to talk to me.

Clutching the map from 'The Bristol Suffragettes' by Lucienne Boyce, an e-map from Jane Duffus (author of 'The Women who built Bristol') and Emma's local knowledge we alighted at Bristol Temple Meads with a plan and much anticipation. First stop was Harts Bakery. Although not  suffragette related it was full of delicious cakes. We settled in to plot our course and soon, we too were full of delicious cakes. (It is well documented that suffragettes…

London - March 17

Well, the weather was freezing, it was wild, windy and snowing but nevertheless, I persisted in carrying out my planned walk of London (with trusty companions, Ruth and Marcus).

There are so many suffragette related sites in London I couldn't visit them all. Therefore I walked between some major sites and stopped off at two special, centenary events.

Hyde Park was the scene of regular suffragette meetings and speeches. It was also where, on June 21st 1908, a spectacular procession, a 'monster meeting' took place. 30,000 suffragettes carrying 700 banners converged and drew crowds of 300,000 - 500,000 onlookers. This marked the introduction of the  WSPU 'brand colours' of green, white and purple. It was the largest number of people gathered in Hyde Park for political purpose (source: Kent.ac.uk) and the park was awash with suffragette colours in the clothing, banners and sashes of the activists.

The colours had meaning - purple for dignity and loyalty, white for purit…

Manchester - March 10th

Manchester was the birthplace of the suffragette movement and where Emmeline Pankhurst set up the WUSP from her home in Nelson Street.

The natives were friendly and as I stepped off the tram a few people asked for photos. These ladies were dressed up for a tea party and looked spectacular.



Manchester was re-named 'WoManchester' for International Women's Day https://www.prolificnorth.co.uk/news/marketing-services/2018/03/manchester-rebrands-womanchester-international-women’s-day

and there were signs all around the city highlighting the centenary and celebrating strong Manchester women.


I missed some great International Women's Day events but I did arrive in time to hear a talk about the Peterloo Massacre in the Central library given by Dr. Robert Poole.

In 1819, a peaceful protest for greater representation (at a time when only 2% of the population had the vote) turned into a bloodbath when the cavalry attacked protesters with swords and batons killing 18, including wom…

Walking in her shoes, her dress, her hat...

I will be Walking in Her Shoes this March to celebrate the suffrage centenary of 1918, to find out more about the history of the Suffragettes and the centenary activities taking place around the UK and to raise funds for CARE International, who work to empower women worldwide.



If you have met me along the way and would like to support CARE please do so on my Just Giving page