Exhibition celebrating South Gloucestershire women comes to Thornbury

October 01 2018
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An exhibition which celebrates the achievements of local women since WW1 is to come to Thornbury in November after its launch in Kingswood.

‘Inspiring Women: the legacy of the First World War in South Gloucestershire’, features women who have made a positive impact on society over the last 100 years. It examines the role they have played in areas such as industry, culture, local politics, public service, social justice and sport.  

The exhibition aims to show how women’s lives changed forever in 1918. Not only did the war end, but the Representation of the People Act was introduced.  It allowed some women over the age of 30 the right to vote.  However, it wasn’t until 1928 and the introduction of the Equal Franchise Act that women over 21 finally had the same voting rights as men. 

Cllr Rachael Hunt, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “This exhibition tells the fascinating stories of some of the most interesting and inspiring women to come from South Gloucestershire over the past 100 years.”

“It is important that we recognise and celebrate the significant and vital contribution that women have made and continue to make across South Gloucestershire. Many are unsung heroes whose achievements and actions deserve the recognition that this exhibition provides. Everyone should attend one of these exhibitions to discover the stories for themselves.”

The exhibition has been paid for with a grant of £9,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It will be at Thornbury Library from 5 to 26 November. For a full list of venues around South Gloucestershire between now and July 2019, visit the project website: www.southglos.gov.uk/inspiringwomen