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Last updated:23 May 2018

Jill Liddington 'One hand tied behind us' - 40 years on

Event location: Old Fire Station, Salford University

Date: 14th Jun 2018

Event time: 18:00 to 19:30

The Library is delighted to welcome Jill Liddington to mark the 40th anniversary of the publication of suffrage classic One Hand Tied Behind Us. It is a tribute to the support of Library founders Eddie and Ruth Frow for the research of Jill and her co-author Jill Norris.  The event, which will take place at the Old Fire Station just down the road from the Library, also marks Vote 100, and is part of the Library’s project Voting for Change.

Jill reflects: ‘In 1974, I was living in London and mesmerised by the BBC TV drama series, Shoulder to Shoulder. It told the Votes for Women story through the eyes of the celebrated Pankhurst family.  By coincidence, I moved up to Manchester that autumn and went to live in Oldham. To my surprise and delight, I found out I was living in the house right next door to the mill where suffragette Annie Kenney had worked. That discovery set me on my suffrage journey ~ which I’ve followed over four decades. Soon I met Jill Norris who shared my sharp curiosity about who else campaigned in the Manchester region for Votes for Women. We determined to find out and, encouraged by Ruth and Eddie Frow, plunged into the suffrage archives in Manchester Central Library - then headed north to Lancashire’s cotton weaving towns to interview two elderly daughters of the campaigners we called the radical suffragists’.

The event is free, and copies of the book will be available for purchase.  The Library is most grateful to the University of Salford for hosting this event.

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About Vote 100

2018 marks 100 years since Parliament passed a law which allowed some women, and all men, to vote for the first time: the 1918 Representation of the People Act. Throughout the year Vote 100 are celebrating this important milestone in the UK’s democratic history.  This is also an Equaliteas event, marking 90 years since the Representation of the People Act 1928, which gave all men and women over 21 the equal right to vote.