Suffrage in Egham

Egham Museum, in partnership with Royal Holloway University of London, and Egham Town Team is to launch a new Egham-by-Runnymede Arts and Heritage Festival in the summer of 2018. The theme of the Festival will be Women’s Suffrage, to coincide with the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act that gave (some) women the vote for the first time.

 

With the Runnymede Borough Council plans to redevelop Egham town centre on the horizon this is an exciting time for the town. Our hope is that this new Festival will provide a complementary blueprint for a cultural regeneration of the town, building on our rich local history and the nationally important Magna Carta heritage on our doorstep, which will set Egham apart from other retail destinations in the area.

 

The Festival and the partnership we have developed with Royal Holloway and the Egham Town Team demonstrates the vital role local museums can play in not just preserving our past but championing cultural activity in the present.

 


Egham-by-Runnymede Arts and History Festival

The Festival will draw together and scale up existing artistic and heritage activity and add new events and a schools and community outreach programme. The aim is to join up the currently disparate and non-coordinated strands of cultural activity in Egham to create a new and distinctive offer for the community and visitors alike. In so doing we aim to make Egham a vibrant cultural destination in its own right and attract visitors to Runnymede and neighbouring towns who might otherwise not visit the town.

‘Visit Egham’ destination website

Over the next couple of months we will be developing plans for the Festival and working with Egham Town Team to create a new ‘Visit Egham’ website. This will not only host the Festival schedule, but be a place for people to find out what is happening in Egham and the surrounding areas, throughout the year.

Art Commissions

To launch and underpin the Festival, three Royal Holloway based artistic commissions will be made in 2017. These include an original music composition produced by Samantha Fernando, Lecturer in Composition at Royal Holloway, inspired by the women’s suffrage campaign; an art installation celebrating the life of Emily Wilding Davison to be exhibited in the new Emily Wilding Davison Library at Royal Holloway; and a programme of drama and music on campus and in the community led by Royal Holloway’s Music, Drama and Performing Arts and English Departments.

History Through The Arts Community Programme

Each of the artistic commissions will be used to inspire a complementary and innovative community and schools engagement programme led by the museum, creating community artworks, performances and workshops. The programme aims to promote the arts as an accessible and enjoyable way to explore the past.


 

How to get involved

There are lots of opportunities for you to participate in the Suffrage in Egham Project. You could volunteer to carry out research; you could participate in one of our workshops and create content for an exhibition; you could attend a performance; or circulate information about the project to your friends and family.

Email Amy Stone to find out more: suffrageproject@eghammuseum.org.

 

Cultural Engagement Officer

Amy Stone is the project’s Cultural Engagement Officer. Having recently finished her French and History degree at Royal Holloway, Amy is excited to continue her involvement with Egham Museum, which she started as a volunteer as part of the Magna Carta in Egham Project in 2015.

 

She has volunteered in a number of other museums such as the Charles Dickens Museum in London as well as Brighton Toy and Model Museum, and so knows the valuable experiences volunteers can have within a museum and the work they can do for the organisations which they are a part of. After spending last summer working as a Team Leader for the National Citizen Service Summer Programme, she is looking forward to bringing the community spirit fostered by this scheme into the town and creating a sense of pride in the area and a community with Egham Museum at its centre.