Youngsters to learn of suffragette movement


YOUNG women from Ashington have been learning about the Suffragette movement in the north east as part of a new educational workshop.

With the 100th anniversary of the death of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison coming up in June, a group of Year 9 students from Ashington High School have recently been amongst the first to experience the new workshop, and learn about how local women fought for their rights.

Students taking part in the new workshops at Woodhorn Museum, which have been developed through a joint project with Beamish, will find themselves delving into century-old newspapers to read accounts of the women’s activities.

They will listen to listen to oral history recordings too and study photographs looking at both the peaceful activities and some of the more violent tactics employed by the women in pursuit of their goal.

Woodhorn’s education officer Victoria Coxon said: “These workshops are a brilliant example of how a national curriculum topic can be explored and brought back to life using local history.

“Emily Wilding Davison whose body is buried in the family plot at Morpeth, paid the ultimate price for her dedication to the Suffrage Movement.

“She was fatally injured at Epsom Derby on June 4, 1913, when she stepped out in front of the King’s horse.

“She died four days later of fractured skull and internal injuries.

“Now is the perfect time for local schools to use the wealth of resources andspecial workshops at Woodhorn to learn how women fought for their rights.”

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