Special Collections & Archives



Wild Woman to New Woman: Sex and Suffrage on the Victorian Stage

14-31 May 2013

Wild Woman to New Woman: Sex and Suffrage on the Victorian Stage was curated by Alyson Hunt and brought together the Mary Braddon Collection of Canterbury Christ Church University, costumes from the Gulbenkian costume store and parts of Special Collections' Victorian and Edwardian Theatre Collections.

The exhibition offered a unique opportunity to see the different collections side by side and presented an intriguing and entertaining insight into the ways that perceptions of women and society as a whole were being challenged a century ago.

The exhibition was launched with a lecture by Professor Kate Newey from the University of Exeter, who spoke about the subtle protest in suffragette parlour dramas and the deliberate inversion of the female stereotype by campaigners for women's emancipation.

In the course of preparing for this exhibition, Alyson discovered some treasures in our own archives – such as a copy of Ibsen and the Actress inscribed to George Bernard Shaw by the playwright, actress and activist Elizabeth Robins, as well as Robins’ own, annotated copy of Both Sides of the Curtain.

The exhibition closed on 31 May 2013.

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