Girls for Change – Rights Dignity Hope – Mayor’s event, Lewes Town Hall 25 April 2019

Lewes Mayor Janet Baah is passionate about the young people of the town, which has led her to invite one hundred girls from schools and colleges across Lewes to the Town Hall for a day of brainstorming and events. The girls will articulate their hopes for the coming ten years.

These declarations will be put into ‘The Box of Hopes’ – a time capsule to be opened in 10 years’ time – which will be the anniversary of 1928 when all women in Britain got the vote.

This event is a collaboration with the Edward Reeves Archive project, who will be showing their ‘From Suffrage to Citizenship’ exhibition, about the fight for woman’s suffrage in Lewes, which was curated to commemorate the first women getting the vote in 1918.  A banner, a handmade quilt, created by local artist Heather Downie for this event, will be unveiled and put on permanent display in Lewes Town Hall.

The Friends of Lewes sponsored the framing of Heather’s banner.

The poet Grace Nichols who is resident in Lewes will read a poem, and musicians from East Sussex College will perform.

30 dignitaries have been invited, including East Sussex’s Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff, MPs, three Resident Baronesses, as well as representatives from the Police and the Chairmen of Lewes District and East Sussex County Councils.

Heather Downie quilt, banner for Women's vote
Banner by Heather Downie