When you last accompanied me on our trip around Beamish open-air museum's Suffragette Celebrations we were waiting to take part in the re-enactment of the funeral of Emily Wilding Davison weren't we?
And then the Sweet Magenta choir sang in the street:
And what a day it was ... ice-cream cornets in the morning .... suffragette funeral in the afternoon. Certainly one of life's memorable moments!
One of the most striking things to me about the day was how the whole event was a re-enactment of historical event of which women were the main protagonists.
Our culture produces a lot of films and documentaries [and outdoor re-enactments] of the events of World Wars 1 + 2, events which mainly focus on the actions of men. Event which of course have their place and of course there were [and are] women who were active in and vital to some of those war time events.
But Beamish's Suffragette Celebrations felt unique in being a wonderful, respectful and serious, recreation of a cause that was focused around and led by women.
And it made a nice change.
A positive change.
I don't usually blog so many posts, so close together, all about one thing, but I thought you might enjoy a good look at this unusual day out!
See you soon.