220px-Millicent_FawcettDame Millicent Fawcett

On Tuesday 20th February at 2pm or Thursday 10.30am for coffee, conversation, cake and, on Tuesday at least…to hear about capes.

It is the 100th anniversary of the The Representation of the People Act of 1918 which granted the vote to women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification and which gave the vote to all men over the age of 21

We are also celebrating it as the 100th anniversary of the Suffragettes. In the museum collection we have an item described as the Fawcett Family Cape. Sue Allenby will do a short ‘Object in Focus’ presentation on Tuesday about it.

Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett GBE (Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire) was a British feminist, intellectual, political and union leader, and writer. She is primarily known for her work as a campaigner for women to have the vote.  The cape may not have been hers….hear more from Sue on Tuesday.

Also speaking on both dates is our own Director Adrian Green on The Salisbury Museum for Future Generations.