Programme of Speakers

Colchester hankie detail 2

Detail from an anti-suffrage handkerchief in the collection of Colchester and Ipswich Museum. It will be the focus of of Ben Paites talk, ‘And What Came Of It?’

We were pleased to receive a large response to our call for speakers and have been able to curate two rooms of talks and presentations. Details of film screenings, oral histories and craftivism activities will follow shortly. We will be accepting donations of sanitary, beauty and hygiene products on behalf of The Red Box Project and Beauty Banks on the day. Please do bring along anything you wish to donate (click the links for more information)

ROOM 1 – Essex Business School 2.2

10.00-10.30 Councillor Mark Durham, Opening of Festival

Amy Cotterill and Pippa Smith, Introduction: Snapping the Stiletto Project

10.30-11.00 Pam Cox – ‘The Economist, Frank Zappa, and the Invention of “Essex Girls”’

11.00-11.30 Susan McPherson, ‘Mosley’s Old Suffragette: Militant Suffragette to Fascist Propagandist’

11.30-12.00 Katharine Cockin, ‘Gertrude Colmore and Home Counties Suffragettes’

12.00-12.30 Beth Jenkins, ‘“A strong Welsh contingent always in Essex”’: Women’s Employment Networks between the Wars’


12.30-13.00 Break


13.00-13.30 Body, Self & Family, ‘Girls Growing Up in Essex in the 1950s and 1960s’

13.30-14.00 June Freeman, ‘“You Can’t Beat a Woman”: The Story of the Founding of Refuges for Abused Women in the 1970s and 1980s’

                   Please note that this paper contains some disturbing content

14.00-14.30 Holly Firmin, ‘Women’s Work in Basildon in the Late 1960s and 1970s’

14.30-15.00 Sarah Demelo – ‘“It gave great offence”: The Mary Whitehouse/ National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association Archive at the University of Essex’

15.00-15.30 Iona Farrell, ‘Rosina Sky and Adelaide Hawken: Southend Women’s Campaigners’

15.30-16.00   Lelia Ferro, Snapping the Stiletto Poet in Residence – Reflections on the Day


ROOM 2 – Essex Business School 2.50

 10.30-11.00 Trudie Mundell, ‘Catherine Buchanan Alderton: Suffragist, Councillor, Mayor’

11.00-11.30 Viv Newman, ‘Hoodwinking the Censor: Dissident Lines of Love and Grief’

11.30-12.00 Carla Johnson, ‘Faith, Hope and Charity: The Life of Minnie Sibley (1887-1974)’

12.00-12.30 Sarah Demelo – ‘“It was a little skirmish across a century”: The Margery Allingham Archive at the University of Essex’

12.30-13.00 Ben Paites, ‘And What Came Of It?’


13.00-13.30 Break


13.30-14.00 Emma Reeve, ‘Bertha Mason: The Life and Achievements of a Colchester Businesswoman’

14.00-14.30 Katie Deverell, ‘Reflections on Women’s Work – Celebrating Strong Essex Women’

14.30-15.00 Lynda Young, ‘Norma Heigho and Breast Cancer Awareness’