We had a fantastic event for school pupils studying Higher History here at RGU last Wednesday. Many thanks in particular to Karen Shaw, the project administrator, and some of my fourth-year students, who dressed up as suffragettes in order to help with the organisation.
Some of the comments from schools who participated:
"We found the lecture very interesting, it was particular insightful to find out about the role of Suffragettes in Scotland and in the North East as that is not something that is covered in the Higher textbooks. We will certainly be using the knowledge we learnt and the book during the Assignment section of the Higher course work and it will also be beneficial for them during exam preparations too."
"All my pupils enjoyed the talk and said that it made the history ‘more real’, one pupil commented that she thought history happened in other places, not in Aberdeen. The presentation also helped those who had chosen to study the Votes for Women topic for their Assignment. It was also a lovely detail to have helpers dressed as Suffragettes."
It was a full house at the Aberdeen central library last week for the launch of our exhibition and the book about Caroline Phillips. In fact, the event was so overbooked that I have agreed to do another talk there in February.
Lots of good audience questions at the end, and connections made to some of the campaigns on women's issues that are happening now.
Here is a great article from the Orkney News about my talk at the library there. The journalist must have been very fast at shorthand to get all this detail!
I had a wonderful time at Orkney library on 30th October, talking to a packed room about the Scottish suffragettes. I also got a tour of the library and saw all the stars of the Library's excellent social media feeds - including the Wooden Woman, who I dressed up in appropriately suffragette style.