London History Day
AN ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF LONDON'S HISTORY AND HERITAGE
Strandlines is delighted to be participating in London History Day 2018, an annual celebration of the capital's extraordinary history and heritage run by Historic England each year on 31 May—the day Big Ben first started keeping time.
Suffrage-timeline There are two centenaries especially relevant to Strandlines: The Representation of the People Act 1918, which allowed some women to vote. Around the Strand there were several centres of the suffrage movement, and suffragettes marched down the Strand, like other big streets. Some smashed windows; some retailers responded with special offers on hats! Vera Wentworth, pictured, was a militant member of the Women's Social and Political Union. In 1908 she was arrested twice, imprisoned and force fed. She wrote an account of her experiences, 'Three Months in Holloway'.
On April 1 1918 the RAF was founded. It included a female branch, the Women's Royal Air Force. By November 1918 its strength was nearly 300,000 airmen and more than 22,000 aircraft.
In association with the Centre for Life-Writing Research and the Archives of King's College London, we are presenting an afternoon of discoveries:
1400-1500: Treasures from the Archives, introduced by Geoff Browell, King's Archives
1500-1600: Short talks on subjects including women’s suffrage in & around the Strand; Edith Morley; Virginia Stephen and the People’s Suffrage Federation; Constance Maud’s No Surrender (1911; reprinted by Persephone Press in 2011)
1600-1700: A march down the Strand focusing on places on the Strand which were significant from women’s suffrage history
With Geoff Browell, Professor Clare Brant, Dr Jane Wildgoose, Dr Clara Jones (King's College London); Dr Debbie Challis (LSE Library).
Find out more
Read more about London History Day 2018 on the Historic England website.