Tickets to a special Edwardian Tearooms Late event with a Suffragette twist officially went on sale on Saturday 9th June, as Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery marks 100 years of the women’s vote.
Tickets are being released for Edwardian Tearooms Late: A Story of Suffrage on a significant day in the museum’s history. 9th June marks 104 years since Suffragette Bertha Ryland entered the museum and approached a painting of John Bensley Thornhill, known as Master Thornhill by the well-known 18th century artist George Romney. Fighting for women’s rights, she took a meat cleaver to the canvas, slashing it three times.
This comes as Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery has been recognised by Historic England for being one of 41 places across England at the centre of suffragette action.
At the event on 11th August 2018, visitors find themselves transported back a hundred years to witness the determination of the women of Birmingham who played monumental roles in the Suffragette movement. This playful yet commemorative evening, which features a live band, custom-made cocktails and an immersive acting experience, celebrates the actions of those who campaigned to make our lives better, pioneering a revolution through suffrage.
From 7-11pm, step back in time and witness leading Birmingham suffragettes such as Bertha Ryland and Catherine Osler fight for women’s rights in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. The drama unfolds around you, with virtual protests and demonstrations; fighting for justice – will you join them?
The night will begin with period cocktails served from the expert team at The Canal House featuring Aviation Gin, an American gin which is the world’s highest rated. Raise a glass to the women who empowered generations to come.
As the night unfolds, make your own rosette or suffragette flag to pledge allegiance to the cause. Pose for some images in the photo booth to remember your evening by.
Join the empowered women of Birmingham’s past and party the night away with live band, Jukebox Jazz, playing classic music from 1900-1930. The Edwardian Tearooms is a fitting location for the evening, with the bar staying open until late, serving Pimms, wine, beer and soft drinks.
Alex Nicholson-Evans, Commercial Director at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, said, “We are delighted to host such a unique event as part of our Edwardian Tearooms Lates. We hope guests will find out lots about Birmingham’s place in the Suffragette movement, and celebrate and commemorate the lives of the women that fought for women’s rights in an immersive and engaging way.
“We hope the evening will empower the audience and leave them with a sense of pride for our city and its women. It’s set to be a unique, poignant and memorable night!”
Tickets are on sale from Saturday 9th June for £10 per person. To book a place please visit: birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on/edwardian-tearoom-late-suffragettes-of-birmingham.