Suffragettes in Bristol and Bath: Rethinking Militancy

Issue date: 07 December 2005

Issue date: 07/12/05

Talks@Watershed – Wednesday 14 December 2005 18.30

Historian, Professor June Hannam, from the University of the West of England, will give a talk as part of the Talks@Watershed series, organised by UWE’s Centre for Critical Theory about ‘Suffragettes in Bristol and Bath: Rethinking Militancy’ on Wednesday 14 December 2005 at 18.30.

June said, “My talk will focus on the Blathwayts of Batheaston, who were active in the militant suffrage movement in Bath and Bristol. The family left extensive diaries and a unique collection of photographs of leading suffragettes. These provide a new lens through which to explore many important questions: what inspired women to take part in militant action? How did it change their lives? Why did suffrage activists make different choices over time?”

Professor June Hannam is an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science where she teaches labour history and women’s history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Author of Isabella Ford, 1855-1924 (Blackwell, 1989) and (with Karen Hunt) Socialist Women: Britain c 1880s to 1920s (Routledge 2002), she has also written a series of articles on aspects of the nineteenth century women’s movement in the provinces and on the Independent Labour Party and feminist politics.

Tickets for the talk are free but places are limited. Call Watershed box office on 0117 927 5100 or for more information call the Centre for Critical Theory at UWE on 0117 32 84321, or e-mail


Editor’s notes

The Centre for Critical Theory has established café culture with a series of talks at the Watershed exploring issues from a local context. The talks are open to all.

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