Votes for Women! Art and the Suffragettes


Lecture by Historian Dr Caroline Shenton, ‘Votes for Women! Art and the Suffragettes’, Sunday 26th May 2019, 2pm

Dr Caroline ShentonJoin us in our indoor ‘Stable Theatre’ on Sunday 26th May 2019 for a lecture entitled ‘Votes for Women! Art and the Suffragettes’, by prize-winning historian Dr Caroline Shenton.

A previous owner of Great Comp house, Mrs Frances Heron-Maxwell was a well known suffragette and campaigner for women’s sports.


Prize-winning author Dr. Caroline Shenton is also an archivist and historian. She was formerly Director of the Parliamentary Archives in London, and before that was a senior archivist at the National Archives. Her book The Day Parliament Burned Down won the Political Book of the Year Award in 2013 and Mary Beard called it ‘microhistory at its absolute best’. Its acclaimed sequel, Mr Barry’s War, about the rebuilding of the Palace of Westminster, was Book of the Year in 2016 for The Daily Telegraph and BBC History Magazine and was described by Lucy Worsley as ‘a real jewel, finely wrought and beautiful’. Caroline was Political Writer in Residence at Gladstone’s Library in 2017, has appeared at the Cheltenham, Hay and Henley literary festivals and makes regular appearances on BBC TV and radio.

Votes for Women! Art and the Suffragettes

To mark the centenary of women first getting the vote which falls in 2018, this lecture will explore the story of the suffragettes through portrayals in art and their own artistic productions, and will look at how contemporary artists choose to portray female politicians in our own time and how the Parliamentary Art Collection has responded to criticism that its own collection is too male, pale and stale.

How to purchase tickets

Tickets cost £12pp and are available to purchase online.

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