Essex History Group: Home Counties Suffragettes - ‘Gertrude Colmore’ and Gertrude Baillie-Weaver, Author and Activist

Speaker: Professor Katharine Cockin, University of Essex

‘Gertrude Colmore’ was one of the most prolific writers of the women’s suffrage movement. Her novel, Suffragette Sally (1908), was very successful. She also published numerous short stories in women’s suffrage newspapers. After the tragic and spectacular death of Emily Wilding Davison at the Epsom Derby in 1913, Gertrude Colmore published a biography of Davison. Gertrude Colmore was the pen name of Gertrude Baillie-Weaver (1855-1926), who was an activist for animal rights and against vivisection. She is one of many activists at work in this region and is part of the ‘Home Counties Suffragettes’ project.

The Essex History Group meets at ERO for talks on varied historical subjects. There is no formal membership and all are welcome. Talks start at 10.30am, with refreshments before and after. Our lecture theatre is accessible to people in wheelchairs and has an induction loop.

Please book in advance then pay the £3 admission fee on the door.

Tuesday 6 November, 10.30am-12.00noon

Tuesday 13 November, 10.30am-12.00noon

Booking open from 1 October

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