One hundred years after women voted in British Parliamentary elections for the first time, Bristol MP Thangam Debbonaire will be guest of honour at the installation of a Blue Plaque at 3 West Mall, Clifton to commemorate Bristol’s first women’s suffrage society. The installation ceremony will take place at 11.30 on Saturday 15 December 2018 at 3 West Mall, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4BH. All are welcome to attend. There is no charge for this event.
The Bristol and West of England Society for Women’s Suffrage was set up when Florence Davenport Hill (1828/9–1919) invited a group of like-minded individuals to a meeting at her home at 3 West Mall, Clifton, Bristol on 24 January 1868. Although Florence was in her thirties, she needed her father’s permission to hold the meeting.
With the support of the Bristol Civic Society Blue Plaques Panel and the generous permission of the building’s owner, the Bristol Society for Women’s Suffrage will be commemorated by the installation of a Blue Plaque at 3 West Mall, Clifton as a permanent memorial to Bristol’s pioneering suffrage women. The Blue Plaque has been organised by Lucienne Boyce, local author of The Bristol Suffragettes.
Lucienne has set up a crowd-funding page at Just Giving for anyone who would like to contribute towards the cost of the Blue Plaque.