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Vote 100: Suffrage in Lancashire : Tim Curtis Memorial Lecture 2018

Wednesday 19 September
We are delighted to welcome Dr Jill Liddington, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. 

Dr Liddington has a long established career as a leading authority of women’s history, examining the interplay between suffrage, gender, and class in nineteenth and twentieth century Britain for over four decades.



Her publications include:

•    One Hand Tied Behind Us: the rise of the women’s suffrage movement (co-author), Virago Press 1978 & 1984; Rivers Oram Press 2000; French edition 2018.
•    Female Fortune: land, gender and authority: Anne Lister diaries 1833-36, Rivers Oram Press, 1998.
•    Nature’s Domain: Anne Lister and the landscape of desire, Pennine Pens 2003.
•    Rebel Girls: their fight for the vote, Virago Press 2006.
•    Vanishing for the Vote: suffrage, citizenship and the battle for the census, Manchester University Press 2014.

Dr Liddington will be delivering a paper as part of the wider ‘Vote 100’ events taking place across the country. She will be telling the stories of local suffragette Edith Rigby, and of radical suffragist Selina Cooper of Nelson. In midsummer 1913, the WSPU's arson campaign included Edith's burning down a local house; this contrasted vividly with the suffragists' great Pilgrimage down to London. Which propaganda tactic was more effective in 'getting Asquith's ear'?

Lancashire Records Office will bring some items from their archives related to womens’ suffrage in Lancashire, some of which Jill Liddington has used in her research.

Book seller Bob Dobson will be present with a selection of national, regional, and local history books for sale, including some rare titles.


Tim Curtis
Tim Curtis was Head of History at Preston and then Lancashire Polytechnic, where he was a pioneer in promoting widening participation to higher education, and in defining the core values of the institution. He died, tragically young, from leukaemia. The Tim Curtis lecture was established in his memory and, over many years, has attracted leading historians to Preston.
This event is part of a series of talks on democracy, leading up to the anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. 100 years ago, all men over 21 and women over 30 years old received the vote if they were either a member or married to a member of the Local Government Register, a property owner, or a graduate voting in a University constituency.

For more information on Vote 100, please visit or #Vote100

What time? 5.30pm - 9:30pm (Refreshments on arrival - 5:30pm)
Talk begins - 7pm

Please book on Harris Eventbrite to secure your place.

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