Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture

Booking details

Location: Senedd, National Assembly for Wales
Date: Thursday 8 March 2018
Time: 18.30 – 21:00
To book please email: Contact@assembly.wales or call 0300 200 6565

This year the 10th anniversary Ursula Masson Memorial lecture, held in the year we also mark 100 years since the granting of partial suffrage to women, will take place in the Senedd in partnership with the Welsh Government and Archif Menywod Cymru/Women’s Archive of Wales.

The lecture will be delivered by Dr Ryland Wallace, author of The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Wales 1866 – 1928 and will discuss the history of the women’s suffrage movement in Wales
An organised women’s suffrage movement operated continuously in Britain for more than sixty years, with partial enfranchisement being won in 1918 and equal voting rights with men being finally achieved ten years later. With the use of a variety of images, the lecture will discuss Wales’s part in this lengthy and multifaceted campaign.
Dr Ryland Wallace is the author of The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Wales, 1866-1928 (University of Wales Press, 2009) and also of a number of other books and articles on Welsh history. Now retired, he taught for over thirty years in Coleg Gwent, primarily at its Pontypool campus and latterly at Crosskeys.

International Women’s Day at the Senedd

The Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture forms part of a day of celebrations at the Senedd and the Pierhead Building to mark International Women’s Day. All events are free to attend, but please book in advance since places are limited.

Day event

Venue: Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay

This day event celebrating women’s activism marks three key anniversaries in 2018: 100 years since the partial enfranchisement of women in 1918: 20 years since the founding of Archif Menywod Cymru/ Women’s Archive of Wales in 1998; and 10 years since the death of Dr Ursula Masson, a pioneer of the field of women’s history and one of the founders of the Archive and of the Centre for Gender Studies.


9.30 Introduction and Welcome: Vice-Chancellor Julie Lydon, University of South Wales, and Ann Jones AM, Deputy Presiding Officer

9.45 Lecture: Professor Deirdre Beddoe, ‘Women’s Activism in Wales: Historical Perspectives’

10.45 Coffee

11.15 Archif Menywod Cymru/Women’s Archive Wales Anniversary: Panel discussion with Avril Rolph, Jenny Sabine, Catrin Stevens, and Neil Evans. Chair: Christine Chapman.

12.30 Book launch (Senedd): Professor Angela V. John, Rocking the Boat: Welsh Women who Championed Equality 1840-1990

Afternoon event

2pm Witness Panel: Women’s Activism 1960s-1990s. Speakers include Jane Hutt AM, Professor Jane Aaron, Gill Boden and Meg Elis

3.15 Coffee

3.45 Activism Now: roundtable and discussion. Speakers include Professor Florence Aysi, Sian Jones, Chair of Student Council, Bethan Jenkins AM and Aimee Gilkes

4.45pm Finish

5-6.30pm A chance to view the exhibition on the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Wales in the Senedd.

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Evening event

18.30 – 21:00pm Ursula Masson Lecture

The Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Dr Ryland Wallace, author of The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Wales, 1866-1928 (2009), the most comprehensive and authoritative account so far of the women’s suffrage movement within Wales. The event will also have an exclusive performance from Welsh National Opera’s new opera, Rhondda Rips it Up! which marks the life of Wales’s most prominent suffragette Lady Rhondda, Margaret Haig Thomas.

Please note that the evening lecture needs to be booked separately via the Senedd Contact@assembly.wales

About the Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture

Ursula Masson Each year on March 8th, International Women’s Day (or on the nearest week day), the Centre for Gender Studies in Wales presents a public lecture, the Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture, to celebrate the day and to commemorate its founder.

Dr Ursula Masson (1945-2008) was a much loved and highly esteemed senior lecturer in History at Glamorgan. She was also instrumental in founding Archif Menywod Cymru/Women’s Archive of Wales and its Roadshows. It is fitting, therefore, that the Memorial Lecture is given in her honour on International Women’s Day.

Past lectures

Dr Sian Rhiannon Williams: Delicate and troublous questions: women teachers, gender issues and local education politics in south Wales, 1908-1928 (2017)
Dr Kirsti Bohata: ‘Industrial Fiction by Women Writers in Wales, 1880-1914’ (2016)
Neil Evans: We are a Happy Company: The Culture of Women’s Movements in Wales (2015)
Prof Katie Gramich: The Soldier’s Return (2014)
Prof. Karen Hunt: Only Connect’: Women’s Politics and the Everyday between the Wars (2013)
Prof. Jane Aaron: The Witch as Heroine in Welsh Gothic (2012)
Prof. Angela John: Rhonddaworld: Lady Rhondda’s Life Story, (2011)
Prof. June Hannam: Writing to History: Autobiographies of the first Labour Women MPs, (2010)
Prof. Deirdre Beddoe: Women and Change in Twentieth Century Wales (2009)

The Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture series is organised with the support of Archif Menywod Cymru/Women’s Archive of Wales and New Law Solicitors.