Extraordinary Women in Eastbourne
Extraordinary Women in Eastbourne

Extraordinary Women in Eastbourne: 1918 - 2018

Cooks at Summerdown Camp in Eastbourne

Community Project & Exhibition 2018

This year brings a major research project based around the Centenary of the Representation of the Peoples Act that gave the right to vote to around 40% of British women in 1918.

Volunteers will help us to discover the everyday stories of women in Eastbourne over the last 100 years and prove that what can be described as the 'ordinary' can often the most remarkable. 

One Family, Many Stories

Extraordinary Women in Eastbourne

By using the example of one families' history as a starting point, we will reveal how life has developed for women within the Borough due to the changes that this act started.

We will also explore whether is is actually the legal rights of women or changing atitudes of society that have enabled change to happen.

The project will also involve considerable input and creative responses to this research from schools, colleges and community groups and their work will form part of an exhibition at the Town Hall to coincide in part with the End of the War Centenary Commemoration in November 2018.

There will also be a considerable, accessible online archive of the results made available.


Extraordinary Women in Eastbourne

Learn New Research Skills

Take part in this fascinating project and volunteer in research work, to uncover fascinating stories over the last century.

Complete our online form or call the Heritage Officer on 01323 415641 to register your interest.

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