Events in February to celebrate the centenary of women obtaining the vote

Researchers and students at Anglia Ruskin, including several from the 19th Century Studies Unit, will be involved in some exciting events that have been organised to celebrate the centenary of women obtaining the vote.

On February 3rd an international conference on Women’s Suffrage and Political Activism organised by Murray Edwards College and the Anglia Ruskin University Labour History Research Unit will convene to retrieve and analyse the history of the women’s suffrage campaigns. The keynote speakers are Jill Liddington, Sheila Rowbotham and Elizabeth Crawford. The organisers want to make the conference fully accessible and are offering bursaries to allow unwaged women to attend.

Other events coming up in February include a talk by Dr Helen Pankhurst, granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, at Lucy Cavendish College and a film about Sylvia Pankhurst’s work. There is a suffrage walk by Dr Deborah Thom, a presentation on two Asian suffragettes by Shahida Rahman, an illustrated account of the suffrage campaigns in Cambridge by Sue Slack, an evening of suffrage poetry and music, a screening of the film Suffragette at Anglia Ruskin University with a panel discussion; and a tour of Newnham College to look at buildings, books and artefacts associated with its co-founder Millicent Garrett Fawcett. There will be a public lecture on suffrage art and posters by Elizabeth Crawford and Cambridge University Library will also display its unique holdings of suffragette banners to the public. Volunteers from the Cambridge Museum will organise banner-making in February.

For more information about all of these events, please see:

There is also a Facebook page:


Reading Group Semester 2 2017-18

For our reading group this semester we will be moving into the future by around 50 years from our last text, Shirley, and will be reading Sarah Grand’s The Beth Book (1897). All are welcome to come along and discuss this intriguing, fin de siècle text by an author known for pushing the conventions of nineteenth-century literature. The group will meet on alternate Thursdays, 17:00-18:00 in HEL112.

For those of you who need a copy, there are some good quality second hand Virago editions of The Beth Book on Abe Books still available at a very modest price. Or, for those of you who prefer a digital edition, the Kindle version can also be bought on Amazon for £3.59.


WEEK 1: 1st Feb: Chapters 1-8 (led by Lizzie Ludlow)

WEEK 3: 15th Feb: Chapters 9-16 (led by Kathy Rees)

WEEK 5: 1st Mar: Chapters 17-23 (led by Raj Mann)

WEEK 7: 15th Mar: Chapters 24-33 (led by Chris Lyon)


WEEK 9: 12th Apr: Chapters 34-43 (led by Anna Phillips)

WEEK 11: 26th Apr: Chapters 44-52 (led by Marie Moxon)