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International Women’s Day at The Workhouse, Southwell

Posted onPosted on 25th Feb

The Workhouse in Southwell is putting the spotlight on the stories of local women – both suffragists and those who fought to have their voices heard – as part of the National Trust celebrating Women and Power to mark 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act.

On Thursday, 8 March, the National Trust launches the first exhibition from its programme Struggle For Suffrage: Workhouse Women And The Vote.

The Workhouse volunteers and East Midlands community textile group Second Turning have collaborated to produce a series of unique textile pieces that express the experiences of being a woman at The Workhouse throughout the period of the Suffragettes 1918 Votes For Women.

“The group have created their individual responses through textile art as well as a group piece which uses the pattern of the shift, to express the multiple experiences of being a woman in the period and being a woman in the Workhouse,” says Jan Overfield-Shaw, creative and community officer at The Workhouse.

From Thursday, 8th March to Tuesday, 30th October, visitors can view this exhibition from noon to 4pm.

The exhibition will be in all areas of the workhouse.

To find out more about The Workhouse and full details of its programme of events Struggle For Suffrage: Workhouse Women And The Vote, call 01636 817260 or visit