Votes for Women! Art and the SuffragettesTalk by Dr Caroline Shenton
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To mark the centenary of women first getting the vote which falls in 2018, this lecture will explore the story of the suffragettes through portrayals in art and their own artistic productions, and will look at how contemporary artists choose to portray female politicians in our own time and the controversies surrounding these depictions.
Caroline Shenton is an archivist, historian and author. Her book The Day Parliament Burned Down won the Political Book of the Year award in 2013. Award in 2013 and Mary Beard called it ‘microhistory at its absolute best’. Its acclaimed sequel, Mr Barry’s War, about the rebuilding of the Palace of Westminster, was a Book of the Year in 2016 for The Daily Telegraph and BBC History Magazine and was described by Lucy Worsley as ‘a real jewel, finely wrought and beautiful’. During 2017 Caroline was a Political Writer in Residence at Gladstone’s Library.