Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts


Morning talk with Dr Elizabeth Goring

Wearing the Colours: jewellery and the women’s suffrage movement 27 May 2018 11.00am – 12.00pm FREE please call to book a place

Jewellery was a powerful weapon in the campaigning armoury of British women fighting for the vote in the early part of the 20th century, and suffrage campaigners were sophisticated in the ways they used it for political expression. Most of this jewellery was created as part of a sustained marketing exercise devised and implemented by the Women’s Social and Political Union – the WSPU – in the years from 1908 to 1914. Elizabeth will explore the story of suffrage jewellery through some of the personal narratives behind the jewels and the formidable women who made and wore them. She will also discuss some of the popular myths and misunderstandings that have grown up around suffragette jewellery.