Their Work Will Not Be Forgotten charts the significant role the women of Edinburgh played in the suffrage movement. The new exhibition at the Museum of Edinburgh looks back at the city's position as a major site in the seminal suffrage protests and demonstrations of 1909, as women took to the streets to fight for their right to vote through to the modern day movement, providing a timely reflection on ten decades of female enfranchisement, exploring what has been achieved and what is still to fight for 100 years on.
In the 2018 Year of Young People the voices of young women in Edinburgh will be presented as part of the exhibition. A series of workshops will be held at the Museum of Edinburgh in the weeks preceding the exhibition in which women will be encouraged to voice their own thoughts on the role of women in social and political action today, in comparison to the actions of those women who campaigned to bring about the Representation of the People Act in 1909.
Items on display will include Bessie Watson’s scarf - a young girl who piped for the Women's Franchise Procession and Demonstration aged 9 - images and replica banners from the Great Procession and Women's Demonstration in 1909 through Princes Street, and original sashes worn by the women of Edinburgh who participated in the demonstration. The exhibition will also feature items used in more recent protest activity in Edinburgh, exploring the development of social and political protest in Edinburgh through the years.