Women’s Suffrage in Sussex

Do you have any stories to share about the women’s suffrage movement in Sussex?  We are currently planning an exhibition for 21st May – 2nd June 2018 that explores and celebrates the 100th anniversary since Parliament passed a law which allowed some women, and all men, to vote for the first time – the 1918 Representation of the People Act.

Contact us here to get involved or share your story.  This will be an immersive community exhibition offered with support and collaboration from many local organisations and other historical groups within Sussex.

Full details and a programme of events will be published shortly.

Pictured: WSPU poster by Hilda Dallas, 1909








(Pictured: Nus Ghani MP & Frances Stenlake)

In November 2017 we had Frances Stenlake, local historian, talk about the Women’s Suffragist campaign in Crowborough, Uckfield and Heathfield. (pictured below)

Nus Ghani MP attended and spoke about the #VOTE100 Parliamentary exhibition and invited all constituents.


During our exhibition we will be featuring inspiring women, past and present.  Here pictured are two inspiring women, past suffragists and residents of Wealden.


  • Margery Corbett Ashby from Danehill

  • Dr Alice Vickery from Heathfield

Read more about their stories at our exhbition.

Do you know an inspiring woman?  Nominate her for a feature in our #WealdenWomen100 wall, celebrating the positive contribution of woman today within our community.  Email your nomination to: nicola@bridgecottageuckfield.co.uk


Did you know in July 1913, a march from Brighton to London brought together women suffragists from across Sussex – from Eastbourne to Littlehampton, Horsham, Cuckfield, and East Grinstead. They represented branches of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, led by Millicent Garrett Fawcett. Because NUWSS methods were emphatically non-militant, its members never gained the notoriety of Mrs Pankhurst’s ‘suffragettes’, and, at a provincial level, reporting of their activity depended on a sympathetic local press.

(Pictured Top: Suffragists at Clayton 21 July 1913.  Below: Suffragists at Cuckfield 22 July 1913) 

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