Freedom of Spirit: The Women's Suffrage Movement in Greenwich

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Greenwich is recognised for many things - its naval history, the meridian - but rarely for its contributions to Britain's suffrage movement. This exhibition at the Greenwich Heritage Centre seeks to do just that, focusing mainly on organiser Rosa May Billinghurst, but also on more prominent figures including Emily Wilding Davison and Mabel Tuke, both born in or around Greenwich. The class divide within the movement and women's role in World War I are also explored.


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The Votes for Women exhibition at the Greenwich Heritage Centre gave a rivetting glimpse of what it was like to campaign - for years - for a cause that today we take for granted. Not then! And this exhibition reminded those living in Greenwich that history was being made on their doorsteps, with several key figures in the suffragette movement: Rosa May Billimghurst, who campaigned in a wheelchair (sometimes being hurtled out of it by burly policemen...),and Emily Wilding Davison, who famously, tragically, died on Derby Day under the hooves of the Kings horse in 1913. The exhibition included many interesting artifacts and documents (including a "Troll" letter written to Rosa), and recent newspaper reports of women fighting for their rights around the world - indicating that the campaign is far from over - "La Luta Continua". Well done, the curator, Carolyn Ayers