Somerville and Suffrage – Events

Somerville is celebrating this centenary year of ‘Votes for Women’ with an exciting calendar of events. Launched on 6 February 2018 (the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the Peoples Act) the ‘Somerville and Suffrage’ programme will offer everything from lectures and discussions to film screenings and newly commissioned musical theatre. Many of our events are open to the public. For more information, please contact

6 February 2018

Launching the celebrations: Principal of Somerville Jan Royall, with Honorary Fellows Shirley Williams and Emma Rothschild

6 March  2018

Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture: ‘Fabulous Fluorine’ with Professor Veronique Gouverneur

8 March 2018

Celebration of International Women’s Day Somerville Chapel: Sing-through of works by female composers, in association with Oxford University Press

1 May 2018

After a Century of Suffrage – Roundtable discussion with Helen Pankhurst and Jane Robinson

18 May 2018

John Stuart Mill Lecture with Professor Sir Adam Roberts

25 May 2018

Q&A with women in politics: Annaliese Dodds, Layla Moran, Thérèse Coffey and Cheryl Briggs.                         

TBC June 2018

Women Refugees event (speakers tbc)

TBC 2018 

Black Women First: a joint event with Black Cultural Archives

9 October 2018

Special performance of Rhondda Rips it Up by Welsh National Opera, about Somervillian Lady Rhondda

20 October 2018 

Literary Lunch with Jane Robinson, author of Hearts and Minds. The Untold Story of the Great Pilgrimage and How Women Won the Vote

31 October 2018

‘Frankenreads’ a weeklong celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

October 2018 (date tbc)

Shami Chakrabati speaks about her book Of Women, in the 21st Century

11 November 2018  

Anne Logan speaks about her book The Politics of Penal Reform: Margery Fry and the Howard League

27 November 2018 

Roundtable discussion with Frances O’Grady (General Secretary, TUC)