Friends from the Vera Holme Archive: Edith Craig and Evelina Haverfield
Thursday 9 February, 7pm (90 mins) £8/£6 concessions
Find out about two of the women who had strong ties with leading suffragette Vera Holme. Edith Craig was the illegitimate daughter of actress Ellen Terry. She disliked writing, unlike her mother, but realised that she too had a story to tell and dictated her reminiscences to her friend Vera Holme. Vera wrote them down in a notebook, recovered by Ann Rachlin, whose book ‘Edy Was A Lady’ reveals a fascinating insight into Craig’s life. Sandy Wilson presents highlights of her research on Evelina Haverfield, a member of the National Union of Suffrage Societies, who took part in many demonstrations and spent a short time in Holloway prison. Evelina was married twice but later entered a relationship with Vera ‘Jack’ Holme.
Battling Belles of Bow
Saturday 18 February, 11am (120 mins) £10
This walking tour centres on Bow and follows in the footsteps of Sylvia Pankhurst. She chose east London as the starting point for her campaign for women’s suffrage; and seeing the plight of working women, she also established a creche, restaurant and model toy factory in the area. See highlights along the route where supporters of the Suffragette movement worked including the famous Bryant & May match factory, site of the match girls’ strike of 1888.