A shoe machinist by trade, mother of six and radical socialist, Alice Hawkins joined the suffragette movement in 1907, following her arrest outside Parliament and subsequent imprisonment in Holloway Prison. Alice formed the Leicester branch of the WSPU and went on to be imprisoned a further four times in her campaign for the vote. Alice’s suffragette memorabilia is still kept by her family, and is considered to be one of the most complete collections in the UK today. Her great-grandson Peter Barratt will give an account of Alice’s life, highlighted with illustrations from the impressive collection. Actor Ruth Pownall will also add a performative element to this talk.
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