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Salon: Zoe Thomas, Suffrage and the Arts

Thursday, 8 February 2018
6.30 – 8pm

Zoë Thomas joined us at Eastside Projects and introduced her research into the suffrage movement and the role that the arts played.

She explored the central role that artistic women and men – from jewellers, portrait painters, embroiderers, through to retailers of ‘artistic’ products – played in the suffrage campaign in Britain. As political individuals, they were foot soldiers who helped sustain the momentum of the movement and as designers, makers and sellers they spread the message of the campaign to new local, national and international audiences, mediating how suffrage activism was understood by society at large.

Zoë Thomas is a Lecturer in the History of 19th Century Britain and the Wider World at Birmingham University. She finished her PhD in History at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2016 and holds a BA and MA in History at Lancaster University. She has taught modern British history, modern European history, and liberal arts modules at King’s College London, Royal Holloway, the University of Roehampton, the University of East London, and the University of Westminster.