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Museum Brings Vote 100 to Chippenham

Over the past few weeks Chippenham Museum has led a programme of events to mark 100 years since some women gained the vote, including the only Wiltshire dates for a touring theatre production.

Left: Museum Assistant Claire Selman listening to the Rebellious Sounds Archive at Chippenham Town Hall Right: three performances of The Cause took place in Chippenham’s Yelde Hall

The Cause, an imagined meeting between two women’s suffrage greats, was performed at Chippenham’s medieval Yelde Hall on 15 – 16 June as part of a tour across the South West with other locations including Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol. Supported with funding from Arts Council England, the performance explored the effects of campaigning on Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett.
Councillor Sandie Webb, Leader of Chippenham Town Council said “It was fantastic to welcome such a high calibre production to Chippenham as part of our town’s cultural offering. The Cause was an emotive and thought provoking performance.”

The performances were followed by an EqualiTea Party, a nation-wide project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, at Chippenham Museum on Saturday 16 June. Guests enjoyed refreshments and games to mark 90 years since the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act became law.
The final part of the programme of activities was the Rebellious Sounds Archive, which was hosted by Chippenham Town Council in the Town Hall from 8 – 22 June. The touring pop-up listening booth contained an interactive archive of women’s contemporary stories of activism in the South West region.
Melissa Barnett, Curator of Chippenham Museum, said “We are thrilled to have worked Dreadnought South West to create such an engaging programme of activities in Chippenham to mark this important milestone in history.”

Visitors can learn more about women’s activism in Chippenham with a display on the first floor of Chippenham Museum. Chippenham Civic Society’s online project ‘One Woman’ also features stories of women who have made a contribution to the local area. Chippenham Museum, a Chippenham Town Council facility, is free to visit and is open Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm.

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