Suffragettes in the East Midlands

Ref: C2338991

‘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. Lots of women from the East Midlands, including Nottingham, contributed. We will explore the 'Nottingham story' looking at local women such as Helen Watts and highlighting key Nottingham moments from arson attacks to rallies and meetings. Students will then have the opportunity to use existing skills in art, poetry, photography and music to update a public online exhibition celebrating Nottingham's suffragette history.

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:

  • Understand the different areas of 'hidden' women's history and apply this to the history of Nottingham suffragettes.
  • Research Nottingham local history relating to the suffragette campaign and make links between local activities and national events.
  • Critically analyse the suffragette history often presented in museums and history books and the recent 'Suffragette' film (2015).
  • Produce material such as timelines and maps.
  • Contribute to an online public exhibition.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • 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?

  • Please bring a folder to keep any handouts or material produced during the course.

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

What can I do next?

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Suffragettes in the East Midlands

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