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100 Years of Women in Law

The Inn’s archivist has curated an exhibition celebrating the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919.  In addition to exhibits which record historic landmarks, such as the Bar Book entries for Mercy Ashworth and Mithan Tata, items on display include documents revealing the long struggle women had to secure the right to practise as lawyers.  As early as 1873, Council received a petition from women to be allowed to attend lectures at the Council of Legal Education.  Also on display is the failed petition from Christabel Pankhurst, whose father was a member of the Inn, requesting admission.

The exhibition is in the new display case in the western bay window in the Library and runs until 17 January 2020. Please note that the Library closes at 3.00 pm on Friday 20 December 2019 and re-opens on Monday 6 January at 9.00 am.

Future exhibitions will be advertised in the newsletter.

The Library is open on weekdays from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm. It will close at 3.00 pm on Friday 20 December for the Christmas vacation and re-open on Monday 6 January when normal opening hours will resume.