- United Kingdom Critic
2018 marks the centenary of the year in which certain British women were given the right to vote. In celebration of this, Suffragette City, an interactive experience, has been created by the National Trust (inspired by documents from The National Archives), and can currently be found in the heart of London.
Suffragette City is an immersive experience in which participants are taken back to 1913, and a recreated “Suffragette HQ”. During the hour-long production, participants become actively involved in two Suffragette-style missions. The production is situated in and around the historically-relevant Piccadilly Circus, and the London Pavilion.
I would love for everybody to be able to learn about history in such an engaging way. Suffragette City is bound to spark an interest in the history of women's suffrage in women and men of all ages. It is a fun experience, but also eye-opening and genuinely interesting. The actors involved are fantastic improvisers, and their knowledge of the movement makes the experience feel very authentic.
The only drawback of Suffragette City is that it is very short; by the time you've been introduced to the WSPU, there isn't much time left for the two activities, and the experience ends quite abruptly. Either lengthening the activities or even adding in some new ones might have made it feel like more of an event.
Suffragette City is an entertaining and interesting way to start discovering more about the suffrage movement in Britain. The experience is running in London until the end of March.