Friday, October 9, 2015

Celebrating Edith New (Part 2)

A sell out attendance at the talk last night at Central Library, Swindon and how lucky were we to have Tamara, Edith's great-niece as guest of honour?

Tamara made the journey from Leicester to share various items from Edith's effects, including her hunger strike medal.

These two photographs of Edith were taken approximately 45 years apart. In both of them she is pictured with her lifelong friend Nea Campion. 

The two women met in around 1906 as teachers at St Mary’s Church of England School in Lewisham and Nea was with Edith when she died in 1951.

Here they are pictured as young women taking tea – a setting straight out of a period drama.

And here they are some 45 years later – Edith puffing on a cigarette – sharing some letters.

What incredible times these women lived through. They had won the vote, survived two world wars, witnessed the beginnings of social reform and the creation of the National Health Service.

I’m sure you’ll agree, some things are worth fighting for!

The next of our events is a Costume and props Session at the Community Centre, Christ Church on Sunday October 11 at 11am - a two hour craft session for people to swap skills and materials to finish their costumes, props and banners. Also a chance to meet fellow suffragettes in advance of the March and Rally on October 25.

Please bring along any spare craft materials you may have and plenty of ideas too!

We will have some felt, feathers and ribbons for hat decorating and some paint and brushes for signs.

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