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Year 9 2018 Millicent Fawcett Workshop

5th July 2018

Tuesday 4th July 2018

Newnham College, Cambridge University

‘Vote 100 Pathways to Humanities and Social Sciences’

On Tuesday 4th July, five Year 9 students were given the opportunity to spend the day at Newnham College to take part in a range of workshops focussed on the legacy of Millicent Fawcett and the significance of the female suffrage movement in the 19th and 20th centuries. In a multi-disciplinary exploration of suffrage, students worked with University lectures, PhD students and current undergraduates in a number of academic and skills-focussed seminars. They spent time thinking and discussing the actions of Millicent Fawcett and how her courage and perseverance contributed towards the Representation of the People Act passed in 1918. They also considered the wider impact this movement had on other countries, especially those within the British Empire at the time. In another workshop, students focussed on the banners that were created for the Suffragist marches and how colours, images and symbols can be representative of political protest. Students then spent time in the Newnham College library, where they explored some hand-written letters kept in the college archive, and explored both the advantages and challenges of using primary sources, for an historian. And lastly, they discussed what is really meant by democracy and thought about how protest movements form an important part of having your voice heard. Throughout the day, students took on board a huge range of information and they were challenged to think outside of their comfort zone. The five students who attended the workshops are now taking part in their own individual research project on one part of the day that was particularly fascinating for them. They will conduct their own research and will be supported by the professors and PhD students to create a piece of work which will then be entered into a competition, with the winning projects being exhibited at the college. The students were fantastic representatives of Comberton Village College and it was fantastic to see them taking on challenges and pushing their academic ability to willingly. Well done to Ciara McGrath, Amina Abdel-Aal, Luke Thompson, Izzy Roberts and Kate Walsh for the hard work, enthusiasm and positive attitude towards the day.

J Quick and M Burgess

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