This month we also embarked on a new project working with Ryedale District Council to bring a message to school students in the area about the importance of voting when they become adults.
No better way to do this than celebrate the 100th anniversary of women being able to vote in the UK.
We created a workshop involving the students in the stories about the Suffragettes’ struggle and the impact this had on the lawmakers of the day.
We also found a wonderful link to music and singing in all of this…
It turns out that before social media and mass communication the Suffragettes message was spread quickly throughout the land by using well know songs and hymns and getting the message across by changing the words. In this way the new message was easily learned and shared everywhere.
Examples of this included changing the words to Onward Christian Soldiers and John Brown’s Body.
We called the project ‘Hymns to Hers’ and the students really enjoyed the workshop we held at Malton School.