Suffragette City Bristol Heritage Officially Recognised Today

A 41 notable sites across the UK that were at the centre of suffragette action have been officially recognised by Historic England today.

Events including smashed windows, disturbed theatre and post box fires are recognised today as part of the HerStories project which is celebrating the centenary of suffrage.

Historic England has been working with researchers from the University of Lincoln, to make sure that historical records as part of women’s history are represented and are fair and balanced.

Director of Communications at Historic England, Celia Richardson said: “The history of suffrage can be traced through the fabric of our city streets and buildings, and even though there are few tangible markers left 41 of the listed buildings and places the suffragettes used as their public theatre of protest have had their official records updated, ensuring the part they played in the struggle for suffrage is fully recognised.”

The Victoria Rooms at the top of Bristol’s Park Street, was a key location for suffragette history in the city. The WSPU often used the venue for its regular At Home meetings. It also held large public meetings featuring speakers such as Emmeline Pankhurst, Christabel Pankhurst and Emmeline Pethick Lawrence.

The Colston Hall in the city centre was another venue which experienced more militant activities. As well as being used for meetings, the hall’s windows were smashed during a protest in November 1909 and Liberal politicians were disrupted.

In May 1909, Elsie Howey and Vera Holme hid in the organ loft overnight for the opportunity to shout ‘votes for women’ before stewards physically threw them out.

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