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Celebrating the Centenary of The Representation of The People Act 1918 and Decades of The Women's Liberation Movement Which Succeeded It

 

“For Most of History Anonymous was a Woman ” 
―Virginia Woolf
“So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.” 
― Florence Nightingale
 
The Time For Change is Overdue.....Deeds Not Words, TOWARDS liberation Proudly picks up the gauntlet To shARE, Tell and Involve. 
please NOTE THAT THIS PROJECT STARTED ON SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2016 AND THAT This weBsIte iS being developed as the project evolves.

Deeds Not Words Towards Liberation has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to record, preserve and raise awareness about women's social and political activism in Derbyshire.

In Our Time: Melvyn Bragg and Guests Talks Suffragism

Melvyn Bragg and guests Krista Cowman, June Purvis and Julia Bush discuss suffragism, a name for the various movements to get the vote for women in the 19th and early-20th century. On the 4th June 1913 theEpsom Derby was underway. King George V was there watching his horse Anmer, ridden by Herbert Jones. Also watching was a young woman called Emily Davison. As the horses thundered towards the finish line, Emily Davison stepped through the barrier and threw herself in front of the King's horse and died of her injuries four days later. Davison was a suffragette, a campaigner for the woman's right to vote and her death is perhaps the most powerful image of that entire movement. Emmeline Pankhurst and her Suffragettes are famous for their militant campaign of suicide, violence and direct action, but Suffragism was a broader movement involving letter writing, reasoned argument, journalism and parliamentary petition - all played out across biology, medicine, law, psychology, politics and the military amidst the rising tide of democratic ideas

 

 

 

 

 

 

BBC: The Centenary Votes for Women:

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UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS:

Minding The Gap: Exploring The     

Struggle for Equal Pay          

Exhibition Date: Summer 2019

Disarming Women Exploring Women  Led Peace Movements

Exhibition Date: Sept 23rd 2019

Sneak previews of newly acquired items coming soon

Exhibition

UK Parliament Week Events:

Events and activities Nov 2nd - 8th 2019

Upcoming Launch of Alice and Elisabeth Centre for Civic Egagement:

When: Feb 2020 

Where: The Mandela Centre, 179 Pear Tree Rd

DE238NQ

The Centre which is part of the legacy of our Deeds Not Words Towards Liberation Project, is named after Alice Wheeldon (born Derby 27 January 1866 - Died Derby 21 February 1919) and Elisabeth Freeman (born Chesterfield Derbyshire,12 Sept 1876 - Died Pasendena, Texas, USA 27 Feb 1942). 

The February Launch marks the deaths of both women some 23 years apart. The Centre will be housed on the ground floor of the main Mandela Centre and will include our Deeds and Words Archive, a Women's History and People's History Library and public space. Watch this space for information. To find out more about the remarkable lives of Alice and Elisabeth see our Derbyshire 100+ Women Page

 

Alice Wheeldon 

27 Jan1866 -  21 Feb 1919

Elisabeth Freeman 

12 Sept 1876 -  27 Feb 42

100 Derbyshire Women Movers and Shakers and Pioneers

Current List of Nominees

  • Marion Elizabeth Adnams 1898–1995 Marion Adnams was a versatile artist and teacher, who was born and lived in Derby. Notable for her Surrealist works she was influenced by René Magritte and Paul Nash.  

  • Parkash Ahluwalia, MBE - Derbyshire's first Asian Woman Police Officer.​

  • Sue Arguile - NUT, Community Organiser Activist   ​

  • Mary Attenborough - 1897 Sawley Derbyshire  was a writer and founding member of Marriage Guidance Council​

  • Marilyn Baldwin, OBE - Marilyn Baldwin campaigned for change following the contribution of 'postal scammers' to the death of her elderly mother who was conned out of £50,000. She set up the charity 'Think Jessica' in her mother's name

Additional Project Outputs:

Conference

Lecture Series

Quilted Wall Hanging 'With Her Own Hands'

Archival Film - Unfinished HERstories'

HERstory in Her Words - Oral Histories

        Are You A HERitage Sleuth?  We Need Your Help to...

Do You Know Anything About This Beautiful Well-Dressing?  It is located in Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire and was dressed in 2008? Please contact Sonya Robotham on 07779560284 or by email on vox.feminarum@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from you. Image courtesy of Derbyshire.photgraphs.co.uk

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Latest Events

Sneak previews of newly acquired items/linked materials - See item/question of The Month

Getting involved...

Revealed: Latest Names added to Made in Derby 'walk of fame'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More than 400 nominations were received for 220 individuals to be inscribed we were successful in our lobbying to get Alice Wheeldon included in the first 8 stars alongside Bess of Hardwick Hall. The first names were revealed in May 2018.  The second set of names (10) were revealed on September 14th 2019. While we wince at the inclusion of a fictional character Lara Croft (more a nod to the creators of Lara Croft men!), we note the inclusion of several women in the current cohort of names including Florence Nightingale and artist Marion Adnams. Read more about the Project and public comments by clicking on the links below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Deeds Not Words Towards Liberation - A Labour of Love 

Vox Feminarum has spent several years developing an idea which started with the question, 'Why do we know so little about women's contributions to Derbyshire Heritage?", to create a Project that would tell HERstory and be robust in the following areas:

1. undertaking substantial research to uncover 'unkown' stories, and to 

2. develop a Project which would stand up to scrutiny in terms of substance, quality and public interest. To read more about our Project click the link below. 

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Contact Us

We are always seeking to improve our site and to strengthen the project through volunteer contributions and dialogue. Do get in touch to volunteer, or to contribute your stories, memorabilia or documents and to just let us know what you think.

The Mandela Centre, 179 Pear Tree Rd, Derby, DE23 8NQ  E:vox.feminarum@gmail.com T: 01332 347066

Deeds Not Words Towards Liberation has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to record, preserve and raise awareness about women's social and political activism in Derbyshire. Shoulder to Shoulder events are funded by the Celebrating Votes for Women Fund

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