Shoulder to Shoulder: Female Suffrage, Second-Wave Feminism and Feminist TV Drama in the 1970s

Birkbeck Institute of the Humanities, in association with Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image, presents “Shoulder to Shoulder: Female Suffrage, Second-Wave Feminism and Feminist TV Drama in the 1970s”.

Shoulder to Shoulder


2014 marks the fortieth anniversary of the BBC miniseries, Shoulder to Shoulder, which told the story of the early women’s suffrage movement in Britain (1890s-1919). Its importance as a landmark BBC drama documenting women’s history and experience, the scale of which hasn’t been repeated, is unquestioned. This event focuses on women’s television history and the history of feminism on television, as it celebrates this key text for, and made by, women. It will be interdisciplinary in its scope, not only in terms of attracting a wide audience, but how it will feature academics from various disciplines (television, gender and cultural studies, history and politics) in dialogue with archivists and media practitioners.


Monday 12 – Friday 16 May 2014

Exhibition:      Sally Heathcote, Suffragette: Remembering Female Suffrage

Location:        Peltz Gallery, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, University of London
Times:           Starts Monday 12th at 9.00am and finishes Friday 23rd at 5.00pm

More info here

Thursday 15 May 2014

Screening and Reception:     Shoulder to Shoulder (BBC 1974), episode 2, ‘Annie Kenney’, followed by a cast and crew reunion. Confirmed participants:

  • Angela Down (Sylvia Pankhurst)
  • Siân Phillips (Emmeline Pankhurst)
  • Patricia Quinn (Christabel Pankhurst)
  • Moira Armstrong (director of ‘Outrage’ and ‘Christabel Pankhurst’)
  • Waris Hussein (director of ‘The Pankhursts’, ‘Annie Kenney’, ‘Lady Constance Lytton’, ‘Sylvia Pankhurst’)
  • Graham Benson (production assistant)

Location:        The Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, University of London
Time:              2.30-5.00pm

More info here

Friday 16 May 2014

Symposium:     The symposium focuses on women’s television history and the history of feminism on British television in the 1970s. It will explore how the women’s movement was represented in the 1970s, with a particular emphasis on Shoulder to Shoulder, but also identify various research projects concerned with the archaeological recovery of feminist history and the contribution of women to television. Confirmed participants:

  • Dr. Vicky Ball, De Montfort University
  • Lisa Kerrigan, Curator (Television), BFI National Archive
  • Prof. June Purvis, University of Portsmouth
  • Dr. Janet McCabe, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Moira Armstrong, TV director (Shoulder to Shoulder)
  • Dr. Margaretta Jolly, University of Sussex
  • Prof. Christine Geraghty, University of Glasgow
  • Dr. Lez Cooke, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Dr. Melanie Bell, Newcastle University
  • Dr. Mary Talbot. feminist graphic novelist
  • Dr. Ros Jennings, University of Gloucestershire
  • Prof. Joni Lovenduski, Birkbeck, University of London,

Followed by a book signing of Sally Heathcote, Suffragette by Mary and Bryan Talbot.

Location:         The Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, University of London
Time:               10.00-7.00pm

More info here

All events are free, but booking is required.

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