1st November 2016

A suffragette in the family

Peter Barratt

Alice's great-grandson Peter Barratt is an entertaining, enthusiastic and informative speaker who gives illustrated talks and lectures on the life of his suffragette great-grandmother Alice Hawkins, who campaigned for women’s rights one hundred years ago.

Asked by chance some ten years ago to speak to a local society, Peter has since spoken to women’s groups, societies and schools across the country on numerous occasions and has become a popular and much sought after speaker.

Peter’s talks on his great-grandmother’s life give an informative account of one women’s fight for her human rights and the rights of women of the day. Delivered with enthusiasm, the talks cover Alice’s early life and campaigning work through to her suffragette years and beyond. The talks are illustrated with an extensive collection of suffragette memorabilia that once belonged to Alice and is still with the family to this day, providing the audience with a very visual account of her struggle and also of the women she campaigned with, including the Pankhurst sisters.

With first-hand accounts of the suffragette marches told to him by his grandfather, stories of her ‘granny Alice’ by his mother and illustrated with a fantastic collection of suffragette memorabilia still in the family to this day, Peter’s talks appeal to a wide range of audiences and has won much praise over the years for keeping alive the memories of a fight for the most basic of human rights, the right to vote.

The Society meets at the Hull Royal Hotel, 170 Ferensway, Hull HU1 3UF

All lectures are presented in the Royal Suite and start at 7.30pm prompt.


Doors are normally open at 6.45pm but access may be delayed if lecture preparations are not complete.


The audience are requested to please be in their seats before 7.25pm

The Hull Literary & Philosophical Society is registered as a Charity No 507226