Lady Astor's Plymouth

Ref: C3533242

This course explores the life and influence Lady Astor made as the first women to take her seat in the Houses of Parliament. We will look at the impact she had on Plymouth and how her strong and often controversial opinions and beliefs shaped her political life . We will look a little behind her relationship with Churchill and how their caustic exchanges are still remembered to this day. We will discuss the legacies she left behind in Plymouth and how what was supposed to be a stop gap candidate while her husband , the previous Conservative MP for Plymouth Sutton from 1910 10 1919 took his seat in the House of Lords, saw her remaining as one of Plymouth's MP until 1945. Like marmite - love her or hate her she was undeniably a force to be reckoned with and shared a true connection to her constituents - the people of Plymouth.

Course aim

Lady Astor - a force to be reckoned with, her influence on Plymouth can not be denied. In this short course we will explore how and what she achieved when she became the first women to take up her seat in Parliament and the legacies left behind

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

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

  • understand how Lady Astor became the MP for Plymouth Sutton in 1919
  • explore the early life of Lady Astor
  • discuss the influence she had on the people of Pymouth
  • know some of the lasting legacies Lady Astor gave to Plymouth

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?


Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Lady Astor's Plymouth

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