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Down At The W.S.P.U. (A Night On The Tiles) - Thank You Amelia Scott

 

Released Autumn 2014, Currently available 

HISTORIAL COLLAGE FLOATS MY BOAT!

I'm a big lover of social history, which still makes me chuckle because at school I really did not enjoy studying history at ALL! 

I'm not sure when the shift happened but I can remember being invited to participate in a group show in 2014 that my friend was curating about Popular Icons and I began to look at my local history to see who had lived in my home town of Tunbridge Wells that I could use as inspiration while working with some of my long collected and much treasured vintage local postcards and I spotted some women who's names just jumped out at me so I began to look them up and before I knew it I had fallen down the rabbit hole. Through my research I realise that they had all made their own mark on Women's History and at that time I couldn't find much online celebrating them so I decided to thank them and make them my own Popular Icons. 

I had so much fun researching and creating those works and I'm very grateful that I fell down that rabbit hole because I have since started research folders on a growing number of inspiring women, I am excited to finally begin to celebrate their stories and to have this space to be able to share them with you all.

HISTORIAL COLLAGE FLOATS MY BOAT!

I'm a big lover of social history, which still makes me chuckle because at school I really did not enjoy studying history at ALL! 

I'm not sure when the shift happened but I can remember being invited to participate in a group show in 2014 that my friend was curating about Popular Icons and I began to look at my local history to see who had lived in my home town of Tunbridge Wells that I could use as inspiration while working with some of my long collected and much treasured vintage local postcards and I spotted some women who's names just jumped out at me so I began to look them up and before I knew it I had fallen down the rabbit hole. Through my research I realise that they had all made their own mark on Women's History and at that time I couldn't find much online celebrating them so I decided to thank them and make them my own Popular Icons. 

I had so much fun researching and creating those works and I'm very grateful that I fell down that rabbit hole because I have since started research folders on a growing number of inspiring women, I am excited to finally begin to celebrate their stories and to have this space to be able to share them with you all.

About This Work ( I will be adding more of my research to this listing soon)


In 1913 the WSPU [The Women's Social & Political Union], was started at No.11, The Pantiles. available to purchase were: campaign badges, posters, games, cakes and sweets. 

Amelia Scott    1860-1952

Lived in Southborough and Tunbridge Wells for all, but the first year of her life.

She worked for: 

National Union of Women Workers 

National council of Women (Founded by A.Scott)

Leisure Hour Club

Social worker (Poor Law Guardian – Tonbridge Workhouse, now Pembury Hospital)

National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies – Vice Chair

1919 Amelia Scott & Susan Power were the first two women to be elected to the Tunbridge Wells Town Council

Served on The committee for National Council for the Unmarried Mother and her Child

Convenor of the NCW's Public Service and Magistrates' Committee

Chair of the Infant Life Protection Committee 

Member of the Kent County Mental Deficiency Committee

Director of the Women's Common Lodging House Company, Tunbridge Wells

She was awarded the Gold Palm Order of the Crown, an extremely prestigious award, in 1929 by the King of the Belgians for her work with Belgian Refugees.

Amelia worked tirelessly to support and empower local people not just women, she was a key figure in our area, involved in many areas of social change. A very inspiring woman!