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Plymouth to Westminster: Preparing to Vote for Nancy Astor

4th November 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1st December 2019 @ 3:00 pm


Nancy Astor was elected MP for the Plymouth Sutton constituency on 28 November 1919. She won with a substantial majority, with more votes than those cast for the other two candidates combined in an election where the majority of registered voters in the constituency were newly-enfranchised women. Her success was announced 14 days after the actual by-election, held on 15 November, a long wait for Nancy herself and her supporters – but it could be said they were used to waiting. The first petition demanding votes for women went from Plymouth (Devonport) to Westminster in 1869, half a century earlier.


This exhibition explores Plymouth’s involvement (from Three Towns days on) in campaigning for women’s suffrage, looking at key women in Devonport, Plymouth and Stonehouse such as Annie Ramsay and her daughter Mabel, Maud Latimer and Mary Bayley amongst others, to show that it was no surprise that it was for a Plymouth constituency that a woman was elected, and became the first woman to take her seat in Westminster.

Opening hours:
9am- 3pm Monday to Friday
9am-1pm Saturdays


Devonport Guildhall
Ker Street
Plymouth, Devon PL1 4EL United Kingdom
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