Today we welcomed Charlotte Dobson from UK Parliament’s Outreach and Engagement Service to Bridge Cottage who delivered a workshop on the Suffragettes and Beyond to our guests.
Those in attendance found out the fascinating story of how women won the vote, from the earliest petitions and protests to the direct action of the Suffragettes and beyond. We found out when women sat in the Lords and what they did when they got there. We discovered the changes introduced by early women pioneers and also how to get involved and engaged parliament today.
In the audience were two Heathfield Community College A-Level students, pictured below. Izzy Dunn, Year 13 student said,
“The workshop was a really helpful insight into the story of past powerful women. I would like to get involved in the issues that matter.”
Hannah Elkheie year 13, commented,
“I feel motivated after the session and I would like to get involved to make positive change.”
Anyone who wants to see a positive change can lobby their MP or a member of House of Lords but it is usually more effective if you can find other people who share your concerns or experiences to lobby with you as a group. People who often lobby Parliament and its members include businesses, charities, pressure groups, trade unions and representatives of various sectors of industry. Find out more here.
This workshop was offered as part of our ‘Women of Wealden Suffrage’ exhibition open until 2nd June. See here for further details.