Thanks to the many members of The Muriel Matters Society Inc. who attended our AGM on Sunday, 16 August 2020. It was great to see so many friendly and familiar faces given the year we have had so far. President, Robin Matters, chaired and Secretary, Frances Bedford MP, reported the meeting. There were the usual… Continue reading 11th MMS AGM – Pictures!
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The Society has been working on some free resources to help our hardworking teachers (and students!) in recent times. Below is a downloadable worksheet designed for students in their middle or senior years that accompanies the Muriel Matters! documentary. It can be used as a standalone lesson or it can form a part of a… Continue reading Free Teaching Resource: DVD Worksheet for Students
Please put The Society’s AGM in your diaries now – all the details are below… All members were also recently sent our latest newsletter (it’s also available for download on the home page of the website). Give it a read to keep up to date with all the latest happenings!
The recent pandemic has given many people interested in suffrage history pause to look back at the Spanish Flu of 1918 to 1920 to see how it impacted upon the women’s movement. Even though some places in the world had granted women the right to vote by the time that pandemic hit – think of… Continue reading The Spanish Flu and the American Suffrage Movement
© V.Irene.Cockroft, London, 22 April 2020 Such a desirable doll as Dora, the veteran Votes for Women campaigner preserved in a custom-made glass case, was bound to attract attention when she turned up at an Adelaide auction in March 2020. When, against stiff competition, Dora was acquired by The Muriel Matters Society Inc., one could… Continue reading All dolled up with some way to go; but where in the world has Dora the Suffrage Doll been this last century, and why is she so important?
The humble commemorative tea towel has had a resurgence in recent times. They make a lovely gift idea anytime of the year (Mother’s Day is coming up!) or for your shoebox of memorabilia… We have the 2020 tea towel in stock to celebrate 10 years since the theatrical performance of the play Why Muriel Matters!… Continue reading Muriel Tea Towels – A Reminder of Radical Activism!
How wonderful! Going through our collection we were reminded of this gem: The card appears as part of suffrage themed game that was the brainchild of Naomi Paxton. You can learn more about the backstory to the game’s creation on her website (click here). Muriel appears alongside other members of the British suffrage movement like… Continue reading ‘The High Flyer’: A Muriel Playing Card!
Leon Trotsky was considered, in 1922 at least, to be the second most powerful man in the Soviet Union when he chanced upon the name ‘Violet Tillard’ in the obituaries of a local newspaper. In a speech delivered in March 1922 he invoked Tillard’s ‘humanity and inner nobility’ at a time of profound suffering when… Continue reading ‘A Standard to Live By’: Violet Tillard and the Russian Famine
With ANZAC Day approaching we start to remind ourselves of those men and women who have made tremendous sacrifices for the safety and wellbeing of all Australians. One of those people who paid the ultimate price in World War I was a younger brother of Muriel Matters named Charles Adams Matters. Charles was born in… Continue reading Remembering Charles Adams Matters (1885-1915)