Herstory: Retracing the Journeys of Doncaster’s Suffragettes
“Her story, our story, every woman has a story”
A group of women from Denaby Main have been uncovering the stories of inspirational women from Doncaster’s past with Heritage Doncaster. On 28 May the group retraced the journeys made by Doncaster’s Suffragettes as they travelled to London by train to visit Parliament. Project Manager Victoria Ryves explains more.
Over the past month, 10 women have been discovering the stories of women from Doncaster’s past, including the stories of Suffragettes like Lilian Lenton, Celtic Queens like Cartimandua, the Women Against Pit Closures and many more. The Herstory group meet weekly in Denaby Main and find out about women in the past by examining objects from Heritage Doncaster’s museum collections.
The project is part of Heritage Doncaster’s History, Health and Happiness work that is funded by Arts Council England. Herstory aims to encourage women to meet new friends and be inspired by women of the past. The trip to London retraced the journeys made by Doncaster Suffragettes, such as ‘Railway Suffragette’ Violet Key Jones.
Once in London the group visited key London landmarks including Downing Street and Trafalgar Square and saw the statues relating to some of the women they had learned about. The group also went on a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament that culminated with the opportunity for the group to meet their MP, Caroline Flint.
The travel to London was sponsored by Northern Rail. Richard Isaac, Northern Rail’s Regional Community and Sustainability Manager shared why they wanted to be involved: “Supporting initiatives like Herstory is really important to Northern Rail. We are really keen for our workforce to reflect the communities it operates in and were pleased to be able to share the opportunities for women in rail on this trip”.
As part of the trip the group shared lunch with women who work in rail and were able to find out about opportunities for them in the sector.
Herstory continues to meet in Denaby Main and has exciting activities planned for the future, including uncovering more Doncaster women’s stories, trips to the seaside and film mornings. For more information on Herstory visit our History, Health, Happiness page.