‘Votes for Women! Art and the Suffragettes’

Caroline Shenton

Wednesday 17th October 2018

This lecture explores the story of the Suffragettes through their pro and anti portrayals in cartoons, postcards and paintings as well as their own artistic productions. It will also consider the Suffragettes impact on The Houses of Parliament and how the Parliamentary Art Collection has responded to criticisms that its own collection is too ‘male, pale and stale’.

 By turns amusing, infuriating, enraging and ultimately inspiring, you will come away with a new appreciation of how the campaign for equal electoral rights was won by and through art.

 Dr Caroline Shenton

Dr Shenton is an archivist and historian. She was formerly Director of Parliamentary Archives in London and before that was senior archivist at the National Archives. Her book ‘The Day Parliament Burned’ won the Political Book of the year in 2013. It’s sequel ‘Mr Barry’s Work’ was Book of the Year in 2016. In 2016 Caroline gave us a fascinating Study Day on ‘The Day Parliament Burned’ and we are pleased to welcome her back.