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Out of the Doll’s House

Meet a Suffragette and find out more about how women campaigned for and achieved the vote.

This workshop encourages active participation through hands-on activities, role-play, object handling, costume, discussion and debate.

Pupils will explore the changing role of women in Britain during the 19th and early 20th centuries and meet the costumed character of Emily Wilding Davison, arguably the most militant of the Suffragettes.

They will consider the Victorian ideal of ‘The Angel in the House’ and how it affected society’s perceptions of gender roles both in public and private.

Pupils will reflect upon and consider the arguments for and against votes for women, how the WSPU and NUWSS differed in their campaigning, and whether political agitation helped or hindered their cause.

Duration: 90 minutes
Price: £135 per workshop of up to 32 children

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Learning objective

To explore the changing role of women during the 19th and early 20th centuries, the rise of the suffrage movement, and the impact of significant people and events on political and social change..

National Curriculum links


  • Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745–1901
  • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day
  • Historical concepts – continuity and change, cause and consequence, drawing contrasts
  • Understanding methods of historical enquiry and how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • Understanding abstract terms such as parliament, suffrage and franchise


  • Spoken English – discussion, debate, expressing own ideas, increasing vocabulary
  • Reading