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Votes for Women! Art and the Suffragettes Dr Caroline Shenton MA DPhil (Oxon) FSA FRHistS Monday 21 October 2019

Caroline is an archivist and an historian. She was formerly director of the Parliamentary Archives in London and before that was a senior archivist at the National Archives. Her book ‘The Day Parliament Burned Down’ won the Political Book of the Year in 2013 and its sequel, about the rebuilding of the Palace of Westminster, was a Book of the Year in 2016. She has appeared at the Cheltenham, Hay and Henley literary festivals and on BBC radio and TV.

Caroline’s lecture explores the story of the suffragettes through their ‘pro and anti’ portrayals in cartoons, postcards and paintings, as well as their own artistic productions. It will also consider the suffragettes’ impact on the Houses of Parliament itself and how the Parliamentary Art Collection has responded to criticism that its own collection is too ‘male, pale and stale’.