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Suffrage Torch Boards Project

Suffrage Torch Boards Project

This week, Year 12 History students produced responses to archive material in the Oxford Journal about local suffragists and suffragettes. This is part of a project co-ordinated by the Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH) to make six large public display boards about local suffrage stories. The boards will be displayed outside in prominent public places in the centre of Oxford later this year. The Rumble Museum at Cheney are very fortunate to have been offered a board to display responses to local suffrage archive material. 

The students spent some time looking at the material, which included articles about suffrage campaigners at events, precautions being taken at Oxford Colleges against potential damage, a boat house being burnt down and postboxes being damaged, and a talk by Millicent Fawcett, the well-known suffragist whose statue has recently been unveiled in London. It also included images of men with placards campaigning against women's votes, and images of some of the very first women to vote in the general election in 1918. 

 The group then created their artistic and written responses. One student wrote a Shakespearean style sonnet, others wrote their thoughts and feelings about women's struggles to get the vote, some drew pictures and one student made a pop-up card with some images and thoughts. 

All these responses will be sent to the TORCH team who will use them to design the board. We are very grateful to TORCH for inviting us to be part of this project, and to the Year 12s who worked imaginatively and sensitively with the archive material. 

Dr Robinson, Director, The Iris Project  & Classics Centre at Cheney School Director, The Iris Project & Classics Centre at Cheney School