‘The Women and Girls of Crewe, The North of England and Beyond’

MMU Cheshire invites you to ‘The Women and Girls of Crewe, The North of England and Beyond’, a one-day conference led by academics, historians, local experts and women’s group organisers taking place on Wednesday 7th December 2016.  The conference is inspired by the life and works of the suffragist, author and labour rights campaigner Ada Nield Chew and the forthcoming centenary of the Representation of the People Act.  The conference aims to reassess and celebrate the activities, histories, writings and cultural and political importance of the girls and women of Crewe, the North of England and the UK generally in the years between 1830 and 2016.

Keynote Speaker Dr Kate Cook, Senior Lecturer in Law, MMU speaking on: “Living up to Sylvia Pankhurst: Feminism, Activism and Academia.”

Special Guests include historian Jill Liddington and the author and activist Alison Ronan.  Choose between attending a creative writing session or the ‘Suffrajitsu’ (suffragette self-defence) demonstration and talk.

The conference is followed by an evening Reception where you are welcome to join the conference organisers for Christmas fizz, mulled wine or soft drinks, festive nibbles and music.  We will also show Mitchell & Kenyon’s 1907 black and white silent film of the “Crewe Hospital Procession and Pageant” and “Ada Nield: Crewe Factory Girl” (Short Film starring Emmie Alderson, MMU Contemporary Arts Graduate)  and the ‘Local Youth Engagement Project School Partners Exhibition’.

Registration is free and you can register here for either the morning conference or evening reception or for both events: follow the link below to our Eventbrite page. Please note you’ll be asked to choose whether you’d like to attend the day of conference papers AND/OR the evening drinks reception with film showing, exhibitions, a talk and live music:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-women-and-girls-of-crewe-the-north-of-england-and-beyond-tickets-28327235524

 Places are limited so please only register if you are sure you will be able to attend.

The conference is supported by Crewe Town Council and aims to be a community event, bringing together academic speakers and local specialists, and will be open to the public

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