Suffragettes in the East Midlands

Ref: C2338157

‘Suffragette’ was one of the blockbuster films of 2015 winning awards for its account of the campaign for 'votes for women'. However the film presented Emmeline Pankhurst as leader of a movement based in London. Many women from across the East Midlands, including Nottingham, contributed. We will explore the stories of Nottingham women including Helen Watts, Edith Annie Lees, Mary Ann Abbott and others plus research accounts of Nottingham riots and arson attacks (including a planned attack on Nottingham Castle). We will then create a public online exhibition about the contribution of Nottingham and Midlands women to the suffragette campaign.

Course aim

Suffragette history often focuses on the Pankhurst family and activities in London. However women from Nottingham were key players in the campaign for votes for women. This course will highlight their stories and celebrate their contribution.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • 1. Research and cross reference Nottingham local history relating to the suffragette campaign.
  • 2. Make links between local activities and national events.
  • 3. Critically analyse the dominant suffragette history presented in museums and history books and apply this analysis to the recent 'Suffragette' film (2015).
  • 4. Produce research using sources such as images, newspaper reports.
  • 5. Contribute to a public online exhibition using word press and gain digital skills.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • It would be useful if students could watch the film Suffragette (2015) before the course starts and make any notes for the first session.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Skills developed could be useful for museums, local studies libraries, and local history groups plus further education courses such as Access to Humanities.

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Suffragettes in the East Midlands Course Outline


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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