Speaking Out – Archive

A Heritage Project About Women’s Associations in Dalton.

Speaking Out was a project to create a radio play based on a collection of newspaper clippings collected by Miss Heys, a member of Lonsdale Women’s Unionist Association and prizewinning public speaker. Miss Heys and the Dalton Branch public speaking team won many local competitions as well as doing the town proud at regional level.

The period covered is a fascinating period for women in public life as women had won full equal voting rights in the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act in 1928.

The play explored women’s standing in public life, how suffrage changed their lives and how Women’s Associations impacted on local life. The play was written and produced by the community with help from playwright and poet Kate Davis, and sound recordist Shaun Blezard.

The play was first broadcast on CandoFM in January 2019 and you can listen to the live broadcast including interviews with cast and crew from 1:48:00 on the player below.

If you would like to have a look at the scrap book – here’s the digital version. The original is now housed at Barrow Archive & Local Study Centre

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