Eminent Historian Elizabeth Crawford O.B.E. joins Charity as Patron

We are thrilled that Elizabeth Crawford, probably the best known British historian of the Suffrage Movement, has agreed to be one of our Patrons. She joins eminent Professor June Purvis, who is an expert on the history of the Pankhursts and wrote acclaimed biographiesof Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst. Elizabeth Crawford is an historian and a dealer in books and ephemera by and about women. Her…

Concert for Mary Clarke Statue Raises £4,500

On 4th March, internationally-acclaimed jazz singers Claire Martin and Liane Carroll gave their much-anticipated concert at St George’s Church in aid of the Appeal. The concert was hosted in sparkling style by comedian Zoe Lyons and the hugely effective appeal for donations was made by broadcaster Simon Fanshawe, one of our Patrons. After all expenses had been met, the event raised £4,500. Cllr Alex Phillips, Mayor of Brighton…

Comedian Zoe Lyons to MC “Double Standards” Jazz Concert 4th March

Brighton-based comedian Zoe Lyons has agreed to act as MC on 4th March at our benefit concert “Double Standards”. Like our great singers, Claire Martin and Liane Carroll, she is in huge demand. We  are so grateful she is making the time to be there and proud to have her support for the statue of Mary Clarke. Zoe took her first steps down the comedy…

Claire Martin & Liane Carroll Benefit Concert – Tickets Now on Sale

Dear Supporters, Jazz legends Claire Martin and Liane Carroll are to perform in a benefit concert for the Mary Clarke Statue Appeal. Please support this event, come along if you can and publicise the concert through your own networks. You can book tickets for the event here. If you can help on the night, please contact information.mcsa@gmail.com. Hope to see you there. Jean Calder, Chair,…

Liane Carroll & Claire Martin – Double Standards An evening of jazz and joy in support of the Mary Clarke Statue Appeal

Tickets are now on sale via Eventbrite for our 4th March benefit concert. Double Standards – an evening of jazz and joy! will include songs by Waits, Mitchell and Bennett skilfully mixed with stylish re-workings of lesser known classics and new original material. Join these two friends for some seriously swinging music. Not to be missed! Support from members of Siren and Women of Note. This…

A New “Song for Mary” in the Making

Jude Winter, Debs Trethewey & Emilia  Ballardini (@ballardinix) from  feminist  post-punk  band Siren (@sirenbrighton) met  this  weekend  to record Jude’s new “Song for Mary”, a tribute to Mary Clarke. It will go public on 12th December, which is General Election Day – and also Mary’s birthday. She was born in 1861.  We think it is fitting that this tribute song should be launched on Election Day…

Denise Dutton MRSS chosen to sculpt Mary Clarke

Mary Clarke was the first suffragette to give her life for women’s right to Vote but, there is no public memorial to her anywhere in the UK. Brighton, where she lived and worked, has few memorials for women and no statues other than of Queen Victoria.  The Mary Clarke Statue Appeal was set up in late 2018 to fund a statue of Mary Clarke, as…

Hundreds demand return of Brighton Suffragette Banner

As seen on Brighton and Hove News  by Frank le Duc More than 500 people have signed a petition calling for the return of an historic banner to Brighton. The Brighton and Hove Women’s History Group want the return of the banner which dates from when women were campaigning for the vote in the early 20th century. The banner, which is currently in a museum…

Male politicians come out in support of Brighton suffragette statue

As seen on Brighton and Hove Independent by Clare Calder  Politicians of all colours have come out in favour of a Brighton statue in memory of suffragette Mary Clarke. The latest supporters follow in the footsteps of Green MP Caroline Lucas and Conservative MP Maria Caulfield who expressed their backing of the project earlier this month. On Friday (April 26) more politicians posed for photographs at the…

Suffragists or Suffragettes – Who did most for Brighton?: A panel discussion chaired by Caroline Lucas MP

As published on waterstones.  We are delighted to be hosting this fundraising evening for the Brighton Suffragette Blue Plaque Campaign. The main event will be a panel discussion with Helen Pankhurst (writer, women’s rights activist and great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst), Jean Calder (former Brighton councillor, journalist and community activist) and Frances Stenlake (author and historian), chaired by Caroline Lucas (Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, author and campaigner). Helen Pankhurst Dr Helen Pankhurst…

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