Could you help fill out the picture for Knebworth exhibition about Hertfordshire’s best known suffragette?

Votes for women

Votes for women - Credit: Archant

The 2015 visitor season at Knebworth House will feature an exhibition on the life of Lady Constance Lytton, Hertfordshire’s best-known suffragette – and you could help bring it to life.

Lady Constance Lytton

Lady Constance Lytton - Credit: Archant

The stately home’s marketing manager Julie Loughlin said: “Our archivist has found a letter dating from 1911 to Victor, Earl Lytton, from the ‘Suffrage Women of Knebworth & Woolmer Green’ thanking him for supporting their cause.

“We hope to gather family memories from the descendents of those who were part of the movement in the North Herts area.

“If anyone has letters or photographs from the period would they please get in touch – it would be wonderful to build up a more detailed picture of Lady Constance’s world.”

Anyone who can help should get in touch with Jill Campbell (jcampbell@knebworthhouse.com or 01438 812661).

Meryl Streep plays Emmeline Pankhurst in the forthcoming film Suffragette

Meryl Streep plays Emmeline Pankhurst in the forthcoming film Suffragette - Credit: Archant


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Historian Katherine Connelly will also be giving a talk about the suffragette movement to set Lady Constance’s role in its wider context.

If you’d like to be there for the afternoon performance, contact Hilary Spiers (johnhilary1@virginmedia.com or 01438 350217).

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