Project Description

Digital Drama has been commissioned by the Royal Albert Hall to make the short film ‘A Temple of Liberty’ to commemorate Suffragette and Suffragist activity at the Hall. Lydia Smith from the Royal Albert Hall explains;

“In 1918, the UK Parliament passed an act allowing women to vote for the first time. We are proud to play our part in this year’s Centenary celebrations telling this little known story about the Royal Albert Hall and the battle for Votes for Women. It’s one that everyone should know. On almost thirty different occasions between 1908 and 1913, the Hall found itself at the front line of the women’s struggle, hired by several different militant and pacifist suffrage groups. The Suffragettes, led by Emmeline Pankhurst, called the Royal Albert Hall a ‘Temple of Liberty’, as it allowed them to spread the word and raise money for the cause. Millicent Fawcett also led thousands of women suffragists here to demand the vote; we were even the venue for a huge anti-suffragette rally of the National League for Opposing Women’s Suffrage, where Lord Curzon explained why women should never have the vote!”