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Suffragette Cities: Where to celebrate 100 years of votes for women in the UK

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As cities around the UK celebrate 100 years of Votes for Women, here are some of the best exhibitions and events honouring the sass and sacrifices of the British suffragette movement.

London

Millicent Fawcett by Gillian Wearing — Parliament Square

Image credit: GLA Caroline Teo

Gillian Wearing’s historic statue of suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett was unveiled in April 2018 to commemorate 100 years of women’s suffrage in the UK. Not only is it the first statue in Parliament Square to commemorate a woman, it’s also the first statue in this prestigious location to have been created by a female artist.

Find Millicent Fawcett between Henry John Temple and Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square, opposite the Palace of Westminster. 1418now.org.uk

Votes for Women — Museum of London

Easily accessible from Hotel Indigo Tower Hill, Hotel Indigo Aldgate and Hotel Indigo Leicester Square, the Museum of London‘s Votes for Women exhibition is free and open all through 2018. Featuring an impressive collection of suffragette photographs, banners, and memorabilia, it’s bound to inspire any modern-day feminist.

Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN.

Bath

Women’s Suffrage 100: Freedom & Fight in Bath – No.1 Royal Crescentundefined

Another year-long exhibition through 2018 that’s a must-see for guests to Hotel Indigo Bath. Freedom & Fight explores the role of Bathonian women in the struggle for suffrage, featuring a specially commissioned short play. Throughout the year, there will also be children’s trails and activities focused on inspiring women from history.

No.1 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LR. no1royalcrescent.org.uk

Durham

Durham Women’s Gala – Wharton Park, Saturday 30 June

On Saturday 30 June, women from Durham and across the North East will gather at Wharton Park to celebrate the centenary. Running from 12-3pm, this volunteer-run event will feature suffrage-themed music, crafts, speeches, and refreshments.

Wharton Park, 10 Princes’ St, Durham, DH1 4UF. @womensgala

Liverpool

Taking Liberties – Museum of Liverpool

Throughout 2018, visitors to Liverpool can learn more about the city’s role in the suffrage movement at the Museum of Liverpool’s Taking Liberties exhibition. Featuring archive objects and oral history recordings telling first-hand experiences, Taking Liberties is part of a series of displays organised by the museum to explore politics and community activism across the city.

Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head , Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, L3 1DG. liverpoolmuseums.org.uk.

York

Beyond the Vote: A Festival of Women’s Words and Deeds – 6-8 July, York St John University

If you’re staying York for the weekend, do check out some of the events from this three-day suffrage festival’s lineup, all within a 15 minute-walk of Hotel Indigo York, including an exhibition on local women printers at York Minster running throughout July. Curated in collaboration between York St John University, York Explore Archives, the Bar Convent and other city institutions, the festival’s exhibitions, talks, workshops, and tours seek to highlight the work, words, and legacies of inspiring women from York’s history.

Locations across York. yorksj.ac.uk

Nationwide

Processions – Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London, Sunday 10 June

The perfect excuse to visit one of the UK’s great capital cities – Processions is a one-off mass participation artwork celebrating 100 years of votes for women. 100 female artists have been commissioned to create 100 suffrage-inspired banners through community workshops throughout the country, to be brought together in four spectacular processions on the day before Millicent Fawcett’s birthday.

According to the Processions website: “On Sunday 10th of June, women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will walk together as part of this celebratory mass participation artwork. Wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffrage movement, the Processions will appear as a flowing river of colour through the city streets.”

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