A Symposium on Women in the 1920s

A Symposium on Women in the 1920s, jointly presented by Devon History Society and the West of England & South Wales Women’s History Network

When: to September  2021
Where:Exeter Central Library, Castle St, Exeter EX4 3PQ (see notes)
Who:Devon History Society

On 18 September Devon History Society and the West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network are co-hosting a Symposium about Women in the 1920s. Full details of the programme below and on the DHS website. Professor Maggie Andrews is the keynote speaker, and there are a range of contributions about women in local and national politics, women in craft and literature, and women in Exeter’s slum quarter. Because we are not yet clear about how it will be held we are taking pre-bookings and will ask for confirmation once we are certain about the venue.

Venue: Exeter Central Library (if Covid-19 restrictions permit) or by Zoom


10.00 – 10.30 Registration and Coffee

10.30 – 10.40 Welcome and short film

10.40 – 11.30 Professor Maggie Andrews: ‘There are such a lot of things that are so untidy’: stressing the local in women’s histories of 1920s Britain

11.30 – 12.20 Panel session - New opportunities in politics

 • Lisa Berry-Waite on women standing for Parliament

 • Karen Hunt on Agnes Suttill, first women town councillor in Bridport

 • Jane Howells on Women and Politics in Salisbury

12.20 – 13.20 Lunch, Bookstalls & Slide Show - Women at Work in the 1920s

13.20 – 14.00 Rozen Whitworth, Hypatia Trust – Women and Craft in the South West in the 1920s, through the Hypatia Collections.

14.00 – 14.30 Devon and Exeter Institution Research Group members – Women’s lives in Exeter’s slum quarter in the 1920s

14.30 – 15.00 Frances Bingham – Reading and Q&A from her new book, Valentine Ackland: A Transgressive Life.

15.00 – 15.30 Questions, Reflections and Close

Images of Women at Work in the 1920s from anywhere in the West of England and South Wales for the slide show required! Contact organiser (see below) if you can help.

Tickets £16.50 if event held live. For full details of the programme, enquiries and pre-booking please contact Julia Neville, j.f.neville@btinternet.com