For those of you who aren’t subscribed to our newsletter (those of you who want to be can sign up here), here is our January update from the Suffrage in Egham project.
So much has been going on, it’s a challenge keeping up with it all! For the most up to date information check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where we will be posting weekly updates using our #suffragesunday.
The end of 2017 saw the return of our Annual Reception, an evening event where we invite our patrons, volunteers and local businesses in to see what we have been getting up to. A short video of some of the highlights can be found on our YouTube Channel.
We now have our 2018 programme printed and ready to go so flyers will all of our events will be available from the Museum as well as at local shops. If you are a member of a local group who you think might be interested in our events please get in touch and we will be able to supply you with some flyers and/or posters. We’re always grateful for some help in spreading the word.
On the research front, our wonderful volunteer researchers, led by our Research Intern, Lauren, are making great progress in uncovering local suffrage-related stories. That being said, researching women’s history is notoriously difficult, and that’s in the big towns! In smaller towns like Egham and villages like Englefield Green, Egham Hythe, Thorpe, Thorpe Lea and Virginia Water we have to rely a lot on local people telling us their stories or pointing us in the right direction. We have a blog post up on our website which asks for exactly that, please circulate it to anyone you think might be able to help us uncover the stories of ordinary people 100 years ago through stories they’ve been told by their friends or family. No tale is too insignificant!
Our commissioned artists are busy creating their suffrage inspired work! Stay tuned for orchestral arrangements, an original Noh play, promenade theatre and a beautiful tapestry or two. That is not the only art we are creating with the community. Local playwrite Elinor Boult, has just begun writing an original play inspired by our research. Auditions will be held at the Museum on Saturday 28th April and the piece will be performed at local National Trust properties Runnymede and Claremont on the 9th and 10th June this year. The cast will also be performing an extract of the piece at our Evening of Music and Drama on Friday 8th June.
Speaking of the Evening of Music and Drama, we have almost filled the set list for the summer show! Clear your diaries for Friday 8th June. The show will start at 7pm and will feature local community groups performing anything and everything related to suffrage and celebrating women. You can expect music, singing, dancing, acting and much, much more! We do have a couple of slots left, so if you know of a group who might want to be involved let us know.