A Garden Party I would like to have attended… Cliveden 18th July 1928. #OTD from the Nancy Astor Archive

Rachel UROPGreat blog from Rachel Newton, part 2 student at the University of Reading, working with us on a summer research internship preparing a digital exhibition founded in the Nancy Astor papers.

READING HISTORY

by Rachel Newton, UROP student

Rachel 1This summer, I have a research internship working with Dr Jacqui Turner on a University Research Opportunity Programme (UROP) within the History Department and in collaboration with Special Collections here at the University of Reading.  We are preparing a digital exhibition curating material from the Nancy Astor archive to tell the story of the political career and legacy of Nancy Astor, the first sitting female MP in Britain.  While researching, I came across these fascinating and timely documents relating to a garden party that Astor held at her country home Cliveden House to celebrate the passing of the Equal franchise Act of 1928, the garden party was organised by NUSEC and heralded the opportunity to meet Millicent Fawcett.

90 years ago, today, the National Union of Societies for Equal Citizenship (NUSEC) held a Garden Party at Cliveden House (the home of Lord and…

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