Pop-up dance inspired by The National Archives’ records marks 100 years of suffrage

Photo Credit: Combination Dance / Scott David Photography

Photo Credit: Combination Dance / Scott David Photography

This morning at Victoria Station, 100 years of women’s suffrage was marked with a unique pop-up dance inspired by records held at The National Archives.

The performance by Combination Dance Company took place in the bustling station at 10.30am  from where the renowned suffragette, Emily Davison, took her now infamous journey to Epsom racecourse in June 1913. The dancers told the story of the suffragettes and the progress that has been made over the last century. The performance marks exactly 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the vote for the first time.

Additionally, a three-minute film called ‘Deeds Not Words’, including footage of The National Archives’ records on Emily Wilding Davison, was premiered. The film is being shown in businesses and venues across the area for 24 hours.

At a short ceremony afterwards, Victoria Iglikowski, Principal Records Specialist – Diverse Histories, said: ‘Emily’s story is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of The National Archives’ collection. We have hundreds of records relating to the campaigns on equal suffrage, including women and men who fought for the vote in peaceful and militant ways.

‘We have an exciting programme of activities to mark this centenary year. Our material is free to access and I would encourage you all to visit.’

Watch the the full three-minute film.


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