Jane Robinson - "Hearts & Minds: the Untold Story of the Great Pilgrimage and how Women won the Vote"
Sunday 20th May at 3.00pm
followed by competition prize giving at 5.00pm
Memorial Hall, School Lane HP8 4JJ
To mark the women’s vote centenary this year, this is the true story of the women’s march on London in 1913 – one of the most significant but neglected episodes in twentieth-century history.
8th February 2018 marked the centenary of The Representation of the People Bill receiving Royal Assent and becoming law. The Bill gave some women over 30 in the UK the right to vote for the first time.
The history of how women won the vote is dominated by the suffragette movement but there were also thousands of non-militant campaigners, the suffragists, who in the summer of 1913 embarked on an astonishing six-week protest march they called the Great Pilgrimage.
Rich and poor, young and old, the marchers came from all corners of the country. They defied convention, risking jobs, family relationships and even their lives to persuade the country to listen to them. The marchers captured the hearts and minds of the country and its Parliament and the march culminated in a rally of some 50,000 people in Hyde Park in July.
The story of the suffragists is one of ordinary people effecting extraordinary change. By turns dangerous, exhausting and exhilarating, the Great Pilgrimage transformed the personal and political lives of women in Britain for ever.
Author Jane Robinson has drawn from diaries, letters and unpublished personal accounts to tell the inside story of the march, set against the colourful background of the entire suffrage campaign. Fresh and original, full of vivid detail and moments of high drama, Hearts and Minds is a moving tribute to the thousands of courageous women who marched together to give us democracy.