Event type
History Lab
Event dates
, 5:15PM - 7:30PM
Online- via Zoom
Ellis Naylor (Bath Spa University), Jack D. Hodgson (Northumbria University)
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The Significance of C/conservatism to the success of the Bath suffrage campaign: Tracking events in the city through its representation in the local press and suffrage periodicals, 1900-1914 

Ellis Naylor, Bath Spa University. 

In 1866, the first mass petition for female suffrage was presented in Parliament by John Stuart Mill. Ten of those names on the petition were signed by women of Bath. From this moment, Bath had established itself as a city with women aligning their name to support the suffrage campaign. This paper will discuss the women’s suffrage movement in Bath and begin to uncover a narrative that reveals a complex but ultimately successful campaign in a locality not often associated with the women’s movement during this period. My research has primarily been guided by evidence found in a local Bath newspaper, the Bath Chronicle, which has revealed a whole range of events, reactions and motivations of women and the Bath community in relation the campaigning that took place between 1866-1914. Often, newspapers are simply used to corroborate facts in suffrage enquiries, but the Chronicle reveals itself as a source rich in evidence with articles covering a vast scope of activities. Bath itself is often viewed as a city with an image that has fluctuated from century to century. The Victorian and Edwardian period in particular is viewed as a period where Bath was heavily reliant on its image as a C/conservative and respectable city where residents and visitors came to shield from the rapid industrialisation process that was taking place throughout Britain. These characteristics make this investigation all the more unique and by looking at the campaign from the perspective of one specific locality that was governed by such characteristics, new historiographical questions and answers can be formed concerning the British suffrage campaign. This paper will aim to focus predominantly on the relationship between the Bath women’s campaign and its C/conservative characteristics within the period of 1900-1914 and how they influenced both the pro and anti-suffrage campaigns. 

Ellis Naylor has just completed her MA at Bath Spa University and is currently pursuing funding to continue her research at PhD level. Her MA dissertation examines the Bath Suffrage Campaign in the later Victorian and Edwardian period. 

Children's Drawings as Historical Evidence: Pictures from the Spanish Civil War.

Jack D. Hodgson (Northumbria University)

Evidence is the currency that historians work in. But for historians of children and childhood, traditional written sources are often rare. Unable to access children's 'historical voices', there is a danger of children being 'seen but not heard' in history. Children's drawings represent one way to potentially access more children's historical experiences, including those of illiterate children. However, their use is hotly contested in very logocentric discipline, despite their use by child psychologists and as testimonial evidence in courts of law. This paper will begin with a theoretical discussion about using children's drawings as documentary historical evidence. After that, children's drawings from the Spanish Civil War that are held in San Diego shall be analysed, demonstrating the huge evidential potential of such sources to move beyond linguistic utterances.  

Jack D. Hodgson is a 3rd year PhD student at Northumbria University. His dissertation considers the rights and experiences of Mexican American children in Depression era California, though he works more widely on childhood in the West in the early 20th century. He has written for the Washington Post and Business Insider, mainly about the summer camp industry due to his former role as a Camp Director. 

All welcome- this seminar is free to attend but booking in advance is required.