How effective was the 'Votes for Women' campaign in Bristol?

Enquiry 6b
Mary Feerick
Colston Hall, Great Demonstration of Women 1880 - LSE Library

This enquiry gives students the opportunity to explore the suffrage campaign on a local scale, through the lens of one specific, important city – Bristol. Using a range of evidence, students will look in detail at events in Bristol and then compare it to the ‘textbook’ version of events, looking for similarities and differences.

Key learning points

Scholarly rationale

Increasingly, research into the suffrage campaign is focusing on the local area. Much evidence has emerged recently, some of it changing our perceptions of the campaign. This enquiry gives us an opportunity to dig deep into specifics and thus, hopefully, to add to our understanding of the ‘Big Picture’ history of the topic.

Curricular rationale

Both suffrage and local history are part of the Key Stage 3 history curriculum. This lesson gives us an opportunity to do both, if you are a Bristol area school, and to explore a significant case study of suffrage in action if you are not from the Bristol area. By examining events in one city in detail, students are allowed to ask questions about similarity and difference, as well as impact.

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