National Trust Killerton

Branded: Fashion, Femininity and the Right to Vote

WOULD YOU ALLOW POLITICS TO DIVIDE YOUR FAMILY?

Part of the National Trust’s Women and Power programme which gives a voice to those campaigning on both sides of the suffrage debate, our latest exhibition at Killerton explores women's suffrage through fashion and from the opposing perspectives of two members of the family, Gertrude and Eleanor Acland.

From their initial arrival into ‘a room divided’, visitors are guided by campaign cards that direct them through the exhibition and explore the arguments from both sides of the debate.

Using complimentary colours from the Trust’s brand palette, the displays reflect the purple and green of the women's suffrage movement along with the pink and grey of the anti-suffrage campaign.

A bespoke polling booth and a replica of the grilles that separated the Ladies’ Gallery in the House of Commons, provide opportunities for ongoing engagement with visitors to the exhibition.

In a display that explores the importance of feminine dress and fashion in challenging the negative views of suffrage, a clothing collection is displayed against a visual backdrop of the suffragettes’ campaigning and militant protests. The fashion exhibit follows the national story of the campaign for women’s suffrage and its impact on women’s fashion.

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