WITH SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER ELIZABETH CRAWFORD – AUTHOR AND RESEARCHER
Wednesday 29 November 2017 1:00-2:00pm
‘The beauty of blown silk and tossing embroidery’: banners of the women’s suffrage movement.
In the years leading up to the First World War the women’s suffrage movement was renowned for the power and beauty of the banners created by its members. The staging of spectacular processions was one element of the suffrage campaign and the banners were, as one newspaper reported, ‘vivid with simple grandeur, alive with an ancient dignity’. This fully illustrated talk will discuss the spectacle, symbolism, and importance of the banners, many of which still survive in museums and archives around the country.
Elizabeth Crawford is an independent researcher, author, among other works, of The Women’s Suffrage Movement 1866-1928: a reference guide and (forthcoming) Art and Suffrage: a biographical dictionary of suffrage artists.