The Woman with a Basket
Staged by the Women's Co-operative Guild
Place: No information (Leiston) (Leiston, Suffolk, England)
Number of performances: n/a
[No information about when the pageant was performed].
Name of pageant master and other named staff
Names of executive committee or equivalent
Names of script-writer(s) and other credited author(s)
- Webb, Catherine
Names of composers
Numbers of performers
Object of any funds raised
Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest
A voice: ‘A self-governing organisation of women who work through co-operation for the welfare of the people, seeking freedom for their own progress and the equal fellowship of men and women in the home, the store, the factory and the state.’
Mrs Acland, first National Secretary and first president is writing at a desk and reads out what she is writing. She exits and various figures read out further proclamations relating to the history of the Women’s Co-Operative Guild.
The collection of 31,000 signatures in favour of votes for women.
Co-operators celebrating the League of Nations and the International Co-operative Women’s Guild in 1921.
Key historical figures mentioned
- Acland [née Cunningham], Alice Sophia,
Lady Acland (1849–1935) co-operative movement activist and advocate of
Newspaper coverage of pageant
Book of words
Other primary published materials
References in secondary literature
Archival holdings connected to pageant
- Typescript of the Pageant in Hull History Centre, Pageants and Plays Co-operative Women’s Guild, 1948-1962, Reference U DCW/8/4
Sources used in preparation of pageant
The pageant was based on the story of Women’s Co-operative Guild, established in 1883 to promote the values of co-operation among women.1 Correspondence in the Women's Co-operative Guild Archive suggests that the pageant may have been staged in Calville, Luton and Nuneaton in subsequent years.2
‘Co-operative Women’s Guild’, Co-operative Heritage Trust, accessed 19 July 2016, http://www.archive.coop/collections/coop-womens-guild
Pageants and Plays Co-operative Women’s Guild, 1948-1962, Hull History Centre, Reference U DCW/8/4
How to cite this entry
Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘The Woman with a Basket’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1457/