People's History Museum
Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester
‘Ours is the old, old story of every uprising race or class or order. The work of elevation must be wrought by ourselves or not at all.”
A lively conversation in costume with Frances Power Cobbe (b.1822), an Irish feminist, journalist and political activist, and Mary Lloyd (b 1819), a Welsh artist. They met in Rome, Italy and were partners for 35 years. Throughout the second half of the 19th century they spent much time in London campaigning for votes for women and animal rights. Miss Cobbe was also instrumental in changing the law on ‘wife torture’ (women experiencing domestic violence). They then retired to Wales and ended their years in Llanelltyd, mid Wales, where they are buried together in a local churchyard.
The conversation explores their relationship and some of the conversations they had between themselves and their friends about their lives and passions. It also features a special guest appearance from John Gibson, a Welsh born sculptor with whom Miss Lloyd studied.