To commemorate 100 years of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, and 90 years since the Amendment of the Representation of the People Act that created equal suffrage between men and women, the Aziz Foundation, National Trust and The National Archives created an immersive experience entitled Suffragette City. Naz Legacy Foundation supported 60 school children from three schools to partake in the Suffragette City.
The Suffragette City experience for school groups comprised of a walking tour, a drama workshop and explored the role of BME hidden heroes in the Suffragette movement, such as Princess Sophia Duleep Singh. Further to the diversity day, the Foundation carried out an impact assessment and asked everyone involved how they found the day. Some of the highlights from the report are below:
· The schools that have taken part are situated in the top 10-40% most deprived areas in England.
· Approximately 85% of the pupils in attendance would not normally have access to these events
· 84% of the pupils had not previously heard of the suffragette campaigner Princess Singh and her role in the movement.
· 89% of the pupils who attended two or more of the events felt inspired to find out more about some of the issues and topics covered by the events. The same number felt that attending the events had increased their knowledge and understanding of the topics covered.
· 83% of the pupils felt confident that attending the events had increased their interest in history.
One pupil commented:
“Attending these events made me rethink about my potential career choice in the future. Events like these are extremely interesting I really enjoy them”
The full report can be read here: