A Talk with Sarah Quail

Event Date: 
Friday, 14 September 2018 -
11:00am to 12:00pm

Join the fundraising team onboard HMS Warrior for an exclusive talk, in partnership with Pen & Sword Books. Sarah Quail, author of Portsmouth in the Great War and the soon to be published Struggle and Suffrage in Portsmouth will be in discussion on Friday 14 September from 11am - 12pm near the cafe.

The event is free to attend with refreshments available to purchase to support the National Museum. To reserve your place for free, please contact membership.secretary@nmrn.org.uk.

About the author

Struggle and Suffrage in Portsmouth is Sarah Quail's third book from Pen and Sword, following on from Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths Around Portsmouth (2008) and Portsmouth in the Great War (2014).

She has lived and worked in the Portsmouth area for most of her working life, and has written or contributed to a number of books and articles on different aspects of the area's rich heritage.

An extract from Struggle and Suffrage in Portsmouth

The women of Portsmouth had of necessity to be tough. They kept their families together during long naval and military deployments overseas, raising their children on their own for much of this time. They worked in domestic service, in nearby stay factories or simply took in sewing to complete in their own homes, often with the help of their children.

The local suffrage campaign was driven as much by the lack of opportunities for middle-class women as reaction to sweating in local stay factories and the injustices of the Contagious Diseases Acts. Women s own voices are seldom heard in surviving sources before the end of the 19th century, but as the century came to an end suffragists, pioneers of women s education, women who stood for public office for the first time, and those who entered the professions began to step forward.

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands