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Women’s Hall Garden Party
Saturday 22 September, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Join the women’s hall garden party, celebrating the creation of a community garden commemorating Sylvia Pankhurst and the East London Federation of Suffragettes on the site of the original Women’s Hall.
With live music, stalls, exhibitions, Suffragette workshops, a community kitchen, garden plans, games and children’s activities.
The Women’s Hall Garden Party is a collaborative event arranged by The Women’s Hall Project and Public Works.
The Women’s Hall Project is a partnership between Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, Four Corners, Alternative Arts/Women’s History Month and the East End Women’s Museum. The project aims to celebrate the East London Federation of Suffragettes led by Sylvia Pankhurst who fought for the right of ordinary women over 21 years to gain the vote and this was achieved in 1928.
In 1914 the ELFS opened a women’s social centre called The Women’s Hall which stood at 400 Old Ford Road in Bow and became their headquarters until 1924. The hall was a meeting place, a cost price restaurant, a venue for all kinds of activities from jumble sales to a job exchange. For 10 years it was also the home of Sylvia Pankhurst and her friend and fellow suffragette, Norah Smyth.
This year 100 years after some UK women got the vote, and 90 years after all women did, The Women’s Hall Project is celebrating the East London Federation of Suffragettes with an exhibition about their history at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library and The Photography of Norah Smyth at Four Corners Gallery.
Currently the Edible Bow group is working with the community on the Clarion Housing Estate in Bow and creating a herb garden to commemorate Sylvia Pankhurst and the East London Federation of Suffragettes on the site where the original Woman’s Hall once stood.
The party will take place at 400 Old Ford Road, E3 5NR. For more information, please visit the event website.