March of the Women – New Free Online Resource for History, Drama and Citizenship
*‘This is an excellent online resource to incorporate into a series of lessons. The sources, collated by the Surrey History Centre are really valuable for source analysis work relating to the suffrage movement in Surrey.’ * History Teacher, Southborough School.
In 2018 Surrey Heritage, based at Surrey History Centre in Woking, received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to work with three secondary schools to explore Surrey’s hugely significant role in the campaign for women’s suffrage. The schools project was part of a larger project to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act (1918), which allowed some women to vote in parliamentary elections.
The project enabled year 9 students from St Bede’s School, Warwick School and Winston Churchill School to work with archivists from Surrey History Centre and with writer Grant Watson, who worked with each group to produce a radio play in six episodes, that explores how the ordinary people of the day might have responded to the events around them.
The play was recorded at Water Rat Studios, edited by Lindsay Chambers and produced by Jane McGibbon. It was premiered at Epsom Race Course on Tuesday 8th May 2018 in front of an audience of young people and parents from the participating schools.
The episodes from the radio play are now available on the Exploring Surreys Past website: www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk
You can find the online resource by following this link:
The resource is structured around the six episodes of the radio play. Alongside each episode you will find resources and contextual information that can be used in the classroom, together with suggested activities for History, Citizenship and Drama. The activities are suitable for Key Stages 3 & 4 and are linked to the themes of each episode. You can also see how the activities meet the relevant national curriculum targets.
We very much hope that you can make use of this resource and that your students will benefit from listening to the radio play and completing the tasks.
The play can be reproduced and performed free of copyright or license fees.