Friday, 17 August 2012

Alice Wheeldon: Derby's Suffragette

For almost a century, Derby's Alice Wheeldon and her family have been vilified as the Peartree conspirators. Accused of attempting to murder Lloyd George, the Prime Minister, they were imprisoned and Alice herself died soon afterwards.
Derby City Libraries are hosting a unique open – floor event on 30th August where Alice’s living descendants and researcher Nick Hiley will discuss the case and review significant new evidence.
Join us and discover how a Derby woman who campaigned for workers’ and women’s rights and supported conscientious objectors during WWI was arrested on a charge of attempting to
kill a British Prime Minister. Join the debate on whether they were innocent or guilty. Were the Wheeldons victim to a miscarriage of justice?
Should we, in fact, be proud of this Daughter of Derby?

Derby Mayor, Lisa Higginbottom, will open the event

Venue:                        Derby Central Library, main entrance
Cost:                           £6
Dates/Times:               Thursday 30 August, 7.30 - 9.30pm

Advance booking is advised. Please contact Derby Local Studies Library on 01332 642240 or

Further information is available at the Derby local History website:

1 comment:

  1. Since this event, Derby City Council have honoured Alice Wheeldon with a blue plaque and Robb Johnson has released his song Alice Annie Wheeldon on his album, Bring Down the Moon. For more info, see the website for Alice's two great granddaughters:
    Also 14 September is Derby Festival of Peace & Justice - come along!