People’s Palace Museum, Glasgow

Sat 26th – Sun 27th May 2018

1pm – 4.20pm

Free – All Welcome to Attend

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Design by Katrina Falco

All are welcome to join us for a weekend of craft workshops, talks and readings, to celebrate 100 years since partial women’s suffrage. You’ll have the opportunity to create your own suffragette badge, learn about women’s activism through the museum collection, and drop in to talks on the history of women and the vote. Our main speaker, suffrage specialist and performer Naomi Paxton will be talking transatlantic suffrage theatre, with a Scottish twist. The event is being held in collaboration with the People’s Palace Museum, Glasgow, which you can learn about here. The event is funded by the US Embassy London, the British Association for American Studies, and the University of Glasgow College of Arts Collaborative Research Award. More details to follow… watch this space!


Welcome Room

1-3pm Crafts: make your own suffragette badges!

Run by Katrina Falco (freelance designer)

Exhibition Space:


Performer and scholar Dr Naomi Paxton (School of Advanced Study, University of London) talk on ‘Acting, Being and Doing: the contribution of Scottish and American theatre professionals to the campaign for Votes for Women’


Social History Curator Fiona Hayes (Glasgow Museums) talk on Glasgow Museums’ suffrage collections


Break for tea and coffee


Alexandria Hribko (Glasgow Museums) introducing readings of suffrage letters and telegrams from Glasgow museums’ collections


Ruth Boreham (Scottish Book Trust) talk on ‘The Scottish Suffrage Movement’

Catherine Bateson (University of Edinburgh) talk ‘’How High Will She Go?’ The History and Legacy of American Suffragettes’

4.20pm End



Dr Naomi Paxton – ‘Acting, Being and Doing: the contribution of Scottish and American theatre professionals to the campaign for Votes for Women’


Performance, theatre and public visibility was an important part of the suffrage campaign before the First World War. The creativity of professional performers and writers, harnessed in organisations like the Actresses’ Franchise League and the Women Writers’ Suffrage League, helped to spread not only the constitutional arguments for the vote, but also to challenge the negative stereotypes of suffragists and suffragettes that pervaded the media and the popular stage. This talk will focus on the contribution of Scottish and American performers and writers to the activism and theatrical propaganda of the suffrage movement.

Dr Naomi Paxton is a researcher, writer and performer. Her doctoral research at the University of Manchester explored the work of the Actresses’ Franchise League. Her research interests include the performative propaganda of the suffrage movement, and networks and cultural histories of feminist theatre. Naomi frequently speaks about her research in public, is a BBC Radio 3/AHRC New Generation Thinker, and recently curated an exhibition in Parliament entitled What Difference Did the War Make? World War One and Votes for Women, which is available to view online at Publications include The Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays (Bloomsbury, 2013), Stage Rights! The Actresses’ Franchise League, activism and politics 1908-1958 (Manchester University Press, 2018) and The Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays: Taking the Stage (Bloomsbury, 2018) Twitter @NaomiPaxton

Fiona Hayes – ‘Glasgow Museums’ Suffrage Collections’

Fiona Hayes is Curator of Social History for Glasgow Museums and Collections (Glasgow Life). Her collection areas cover various aspects of Glasgow history from the mid-18th century to the present, including popular protest movements, popular culture, civic history, topography including photography, home and working life and women’s history. She has written about Glasgow Museums’ photographic collections in ‘Glasgow 1955: Through the Lens’ and ‘1970s Glasgow: Through the Lens’ and has also contributed to Glasgow Museums publications ‘Introducing Georgian Glasgow – How Glasgow flourished’; ‘Fred A Farrell Glasgow’s War Artist’ and ‘Out There – The Open Museum: Pushing the boundaries of museums’ potential’. She is based at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre.

Alex Hribko – ‘Suffrage Correspondence Readings from Glasgow Museums’ Collections’

Alex Hribko is a recent graduate from the University of Glasgow’s Museum Studies program, and originally from the United States. She initially started out on a placement for her dissertation last summer, and had continued on afterwards as a volunteer with Fiona Hayes at the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre. For the event, she assisted with transcribing and researching the group of letters from prominent women of the Suffrage Movement from Glasgow.

Ruth Boreham – ‘The Scottish Suffrage Movement’

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Much has been made of the fight for the vote by suffragettes and suffragists south of the border – those who chained themselves to the railings outside Westminster, went on hunger strike in Holloway prison, Emily Davison and the infamous horse race.  But the fight for the vote was just as important north of the border, though not as well talked about.  Find out about those who went on hunger strike, who threw an egg at Winston Churchill, the fires, the acid burning and more.  Scottish suffragettes were just as important for the fight for the vote.  Come and celebrate their stories.

Ruth Boreham currently works for the Scottish Book Trust, on their Bookbug (Early Years) programme, but has also worked for over 14 years as a historical researcher, researching for programmes such as ‘Who Do You Think You Are’. Ruth has a passion for female history and is currently researching and writing about a 19th century scientist Mary Somerville.  Every time she is able to exercise her right to vote in an election Ruth thanks those women who fought for this right and has started finding out more about what they did in Scotland.


Catherine Bateson – ‘‘How High Will She Go?’ The History and Legacy of American Suffragettes’


From Abigail Adams reminding her husband to ‘remember the ladies’ in 1776, to the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 and Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Declaration of Sentiments that called for women’s equality, and the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession, women have taken a central role in American history. This talk will explore the development of American suffragette campaigns at the turn of the 20th century and the legacy of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. It will explore the impact of American suffragettes on equal rights and civil rights campaigns, politics and culture up to the present day.

Catherine Bateson is a final year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, researching the sentiments and culture of Irish American Civil War songs written in the 1860s. She analyses song lyrics and musical tunes to explore how the Irish American experience of the war was perceived. Her research interests lie in American cultural history and the dissemination of transnational printing culture in nineteenth century society. She is also the Scottish Association for the Study of America’s social media secretary, co-founder of the War Through Other Stuff Society and a tutor of American History at the University of Edinburgh – where she enjoys teaching undergraduates about suffrage politics in particular.



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