Barnes Film Festival have a fascinating page on
with links to original film from the time of the Suffragettes’ activities. This is an amazing curation of films and not to be missed by historians and all of us interested in the suffrage movement.
Women in Street Names
A project to highlight women in street names in the UK, for the British Federation of Women Graduates, and Harper Adams University.
The aim is to highlight streets named after women (and to highlight how few there are!), to remember such women as are commemorated. Outputs will be a booklet of mini biographies of women named, and a paper to consider the promulgation of political and social culturalisation, conscious and unconscious, through the names we see in our streets.
There have been similar projects isolated on specific cities but let’s aim to spread the net far and wide, to villages and towns, not just the metropoles, across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Please forward the street name with district, town, city, village, etc. with the woman’s main achievement or area of operation (if you know it) to:
Carrie de Silva: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don’t know anything about the subject, don’t worry – please just send me the name anyway.
This project was launched at The Women’s Library, July 2019.
Although some more obscure royalty will be of interest the collation won’t be including Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria.
And please feel free to pass on to friends, family and colleagues.
We want a BIG list
If you have any queries, please contact:
Carrie de Silva
street names project flyer
Five Statues of Five Women in Five Years:
The lack of a single statue of a real historical woman in any outdoor space in Wales has resulted in a group called Monumental Welsh Women undertaking an ambitious project to get statues of women erected across Wales. From a shortlist of five candidates for a statue in Cardiff’s new Central Square, an online public ballot conducted by BBC Wales produced a clear winner. Betty Campbell (1935-2017) was the first head teacher of colour in Wales, a Cardiffian and champion of inclusivity who faced and challenged prejudice based on her race, class and gender.
Thanks to the generosity of the Welsh government, businesses, organisations, local authorities and individuals, not only is this statue by the immensely talented sculptor Eve Shepherd nearing completion but four others are also planned in different locations. Lady Rhondda (1883-1958) is well known in England as the founder and editor of Time and Tide(its centenary is being celebrated this year), a businesswoman, the creator of the Six Point Group and persistent campaigner for women to take their seats in the House of Lords. She was also Wales’ leading suffragette.
2020 also marks the centenary of the birth of Elaine Morgan (1920-2020), television dramatist and celebrated writer of non-fiction including The Descent of Woman (1972)and an advocate of the aquatic ape theory of evolution who was still penning weekly columns for the press in her nineties. Sarah Jane Rees (1839-1916) was a master mariner from West Wales, a national eisteddfod winner known as Cranogwen, teacher, lecturer, preacher and the first woman to edit a Welsh-language women’s magazine. And there is Elizabeth Andrews (1882-1960) who had left school aged thirteen but became a household name in the Rhondda as a champion of the rights of women and children, the first women’s organiser for Wales for the Labour Party, one of Britain’s first female magistrates, and a key figure in the establishment of pithead baths and nursery schools in South Wales.
Getting statues made and erected in public spaces is immensely costly and we are still short of a considerable amount of money. We therefore urge you to support this project. Any contribution, however big or small, will be valued. Please see our website:http://monumentalwelshwomen.org