Society’s ladies’ days prove popular

Morpeth Antiquarian Society members at the bookstall at the recent'exhibition (we sold out all our copies of Maureen Howes' Emily'Davison book onm the first day): left to right: Angela Teasdale, Sheila Johnstone, Kim Bibby-Wilson, Maureen Sellers
Morpeth Antiquarian Society members at the bookstall at the recent'exhibition (we sold out all our copies of Maureen Howes' Emily'Davison book onm the first day): left to right: Angela Teasdale, Sheila Johnstone, Kim Bibby-Wilson, Maureen Sellers

AN exhibition to celebrate the notable women of Morpeth proved a hit.

Around 2,000 people visited the Morpeth Antiquarian Society display in the Town Hall over two days last month.

Exhibits included details of the last woman to wear the town’s scold’s bridle, 16th-century ‘witch’ Mrs Pye, the late politician and businesswoman Isabel Smail, the area’s first Labour councillor Dorothy Robson and the first woman Mayor Dorothy Moore.

There were also items showing domestic life, such as sewing kits and a box from Morpeth Laundry, while women’s groups had stalls.

The display also commemorated Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, with items including knitted Suffragettes by Mary Preston of Ashington. A new book about Emily’s family by Maureen Howes sold out on the first day.

The exhibition will return in September for Heritage Open Days.