Llanystumdwy ''Century of Hope' Event
Event Date:23rd June
LLANYSTUMDWY ‘CENTURY OF HOPE’
in Llanystumdwy Village Hall
Saturday, 23 June 11.00a.m. - 3.00p.m.
In partnership with the Lloyd George Museum, Llanystumdwy
- A ‘re-enactment’ of the suffragettes’ protests in 1912 on Llanystumdwy bridge and Criccieth station (a bus will carry people to Criccieth and back)
- A chance to learn about Lloyd George’s ‘women’
- A series of talks by eminent historians:
- 11.10– 12.00: Neil Evans on ‘The Women’s Suffrage Movement’
- In the afternoon: Annie Williams on the North Wales Women’s Peace Council and Elizabeth George will talk about Lloyd George’s family with Nia Powell
- Roadshow – an opportunity for the public to bring items (photos, minutes, diaries, artefacts etc.) to show experts, to be scanned and safeguarded for the future.
- An exhibition on the history of the suffrage campaign.
- An opportunity to visit the Lloyd George Museum: an exhibition on ‘Women, War and Peace’ and a film on the suffrage campaign
- Competition for local schools – awarding the winners
This event was a huge success. Around 150 attended the various activities and 70 visited the Lloyd George Museum. The main aim of the event was to celebrate the centenary of women winning the partial statutory right to vote, while also bearing in mind that there had been considerable conflict between WSPU campaigners and the local populace in Llanystumdwy when the village Hall was opened by Lloyd George, the nation’s hero, on 21 September 1912.
During the day Neil Evans and Lowri Ifor delivered interesting talks on the History of the Suffrage Campaign and the 1923-24 Peace petition respectively. Nia Powell was in conversation with Elizabeth Lloyd George, who discussed the fascinating female descendants of Margaret Lloyd George. A school art competition based on the suffrage movement was won by Year 6 pupils of Ysgol Gynradd Beddgelert and the joint second prize by Rhiannon Wood and Daniel Jepson of Ysgol Gynradd Llanystumdwy. A Roadshow was held throughout the day and some new items relating to women’s history were scanned. There was an excellent exhibition tracing the background to the fracas in Llanystumdwy and the Suffrage Campaign provided by Bangor University Library and Archives. There was also an opportunity to make rosettes to wear in the re-enactment.
The highlight of the event was the ‘re-enactment’ of the dramatic events of 1912. Participants dressed in clothing from the period and decked with WSPU sashes and rosettes and those opposing votes for women marched in a rowdy crowd to Llanystumdwy bridge and thence travelled by vintage bus to Criccieth station. Once more Neil Evans explained the background of the troubles and ‘policemen’ protected the suffragettes from the angry crowd.
This was a ‘fun’ event which succeeded in bringing history to life to the public and raised the profile of women’s history in Wales.